When in Beijing: Mirantis and UCloud form Chinese OpenStack company

Nick Chase, OpenStack:Now - October 28, 2015 - , ,

When IBM agreed to let the Chinese government have a look at some of its source code in a secured room under tight security, the OpenStack Foundation’s Mark Collier tweeted, “Full disclosure: we let the chinese government view the OpenStack source code in any room they want.” It was a joke, of course, but the Chinese government is serious about open source in general, and OpenStack in particular. In fact, cloud computing is part of the country’s 12th five year plan, and in December, 2014, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officially recommended that State Owned Enterprises (which make up a good portion of the Chinese economy) look at OpenStack for their cloud projects.

Not that foreign companies can just swoop in and take over the Chinese OpenStack market — though they certainly do try. As the OpenStack Summit opened in Tokyo this week, Mirantis announced a different strategy: the company will partner with China’s largest public cloud hosting provider, UCloud, to create an entirely new entity owned (roughly) equally by the two companies.  

“To be able to succeed there you really need to have a local company, a local brand and local people,” Mirantis co-Founder and CMO Boris Renski told ZDNet. “A branch of a foreign company in China is not nearly as likely to be successful as a local Chinese company run by local people, registered in China and owned by the local Chinese-affiliated folks,” he said.

Mirantis already has half a dozen customers in China, including the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and Huawei. These customers will move over to UMCloud, along with Mirantis’ 15 or so employees and a similar number from UCloud, enabling the new company to hit the ground running.  “As the world’s number one OpenStack pure-play vendor, Mirantis is the open cloud technology leader with deep and rich Openstack deployment success over many years in many different enterprise production environments,” said Xinhua Ji, CEO of UCloud and CEO of the new joint venture with Mirantis, UMCloud. “As the largest independent public cloud service provider in China, UCloud deeply understands customer requirements for cloud computing in China. Our combined strength will allow UMCloud to become the foundational technology provider for China’s Internet Plus Initiative, providing the most reliable, secured, and stable OpenStack-powered cloud service to China enterprises.”

UCloud, which has received $160 million in venture capital funding, is pushing to not only expand into the Chinese enterprise space, but also into economies outside of China. The company has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and the US, and specializes in hosting and cloud services for clients in various industries such as e-commerce, gaming, mobile internet, and SaaS, among others.   

The new company will focus on selling subscriptions for Mirantis OpenStack, as well as OpenStack services, training, and certification — areas where Mirantis excels. So where does UCloud come in?  “Now that we’ve done a joint venture,” Renski said, “a lot of the work related to building that business in China is really going to be driven by the UCloud team. That’s the whole premise behind it. It’s going to be hands off for us. Naturally, we’re going to be involved but most of the day-to-day business running is going to be done by them.”


Deploy Mirantis Secure Registry on any Kubernetes (Minikube, EKS, GKE, K0S, etc.)

Note: this blog post was originally published by Avinash Desireddy on Medium. You can view the original post here. Docker Containers, Kubernetes, CNCF, and many other relevant projects completely changed how we package, ship, and run applications. As you all know, Kubernetes has become a defacto standard for running applications. At the same time, container registries and chart repositories play a …

Deploy Mirantis Secure Registry on any Kubernetes (Minikube, EKS, GKE, K0S, etc.)
Software Supply Chain Security on Any Kubernetes with Mirantis Secure Registry 3.0

Security and cloud infrastructure availability concerns have been in the news of late with the recent Log4j vulnerabilities and outages at some of the world’s largest public cloud providers. The security and integrity of your container-based images has never been more important. Many have taken to Kubernetes to assist in the deployment and management of their container-based workloads, and are leveraging …

Software Supply Chain Security on Any Kubernetes with Mirantis Secure Registry 3.0
A Year in Review: A Look Back at the Most Powerful Mirantis Resources from 2021

2021 has been quite the year - and while there have been plenty of not-so-good times, we at Mirantis would like to take a moment to focus on the good. We are thankful for the opportunity to provide our readers with informative, accurate, and, above all, educational content via our company blog. We try not only to include helpful information …

A Year in Review: A Look Back at the Most Powerful Mirantis Resources from 2021
Service Mesh for Mere Mortals
A Guide to Istio and How to Use Service Mesh Platforms
Technical training
Learn Kubernetes & OpenStack from Deployment Experts
Prep for certification!
View schedule
Istio in the Enterprise: Security & Scale Out Challenges for Microservices in k8s

Presented with Tetrate