Meshin and Mirantis Build Cloud Infrastructure for New Evernote Calendar Application
August 24, 2012
By David M. Fishman
Meshin and Mirantis integrate multiple information sources in the cloud for seamless, extensible mobile business calendar application for Evernote.
Mountain View, California, August 24, 2012– Mirantis, a leader in engineering services for open source and OpenStack™ cloud infrastructure, introduced Meshin as its latest customer during the Evernote Trunk Conference today.
Meshin, a Xerox-funded incubator project at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), set out to create a daily go-to business calendar app for on-the-go professionals who use Evernote, with a vision of helping users prepare, organize, and succeed with their meetings. Today, they have information scattered across multiple, incompatible cloud services. Meshin brings it all into one app that is useful both for meeting organizers and attendees.
The key to success for Meshin was working with Mirantis to build a cloud platform that integrates multiple cloud information sources into a seamless, extensible cloud application which would transform the business calendar from another to-do list into the active hub of a business professional’s working day.
“Mirantis really understands cloud top to bottom,” said Kristen Galliani, COO and co-founder of Meshin. “They have the experience in delivering scalable, resilient cloud architectures. They pulled together diverse data streams from heterogeneous cloud applications and then wove together data, application logic, and infrastructure to create the extensible cloud platform we needed.”
The Meshin team recognized that the data people rely on doesn’t come together by itself. When people tried to organize it themselves, they frequently opened Evernote in one window, a calendar in a second, email in a third, and maybe social media in a fourth.
But in mobile, this fragmentation makes it very difficult to work. Meshin’s goal was to get independent cloud streams to mesh together. They turned to Mirantis to design and build a cloud integration platform infrastructure that would make one stream out of many.
“People on the job organize their day with three streams of information – time, people, and content. While each of these streams is found in the cloud, each has its own data structures and runs as a distinct application in separate places, “explained Chris Holmes, CEO and co-founder of Meshin. “Relationships are in social networks and email, content is in Evernote, and time is in calendars. We needed to make it all more useful by putting them together.”
Mirantis had the architectural experience to translate the complex set of use cases into a cloud platform.
The cloud infrastructure built by Mirantis draws large volumes of data from many sources in real time, and leverages Big Data and NoSQL with the resilience of cloud-based operations. The infrastructure supports a continuous deployment approach, so the company can quickly make changes and add new capabilities.
“The integrated cloud platform that we got from Mirantis is what makes the Meshin business calendar application work,” added Holmes.
Mirantis delivers OpenStack cloud and open source application infrastructure. With the largest pool of OpenStack engineering expertise on the market, Mirantis helps service providers, SaaS vendors and enterprises build and run robust OpenStack cloud infrastructure. The company has a unique cost-effective delivery model, founded on years of deep software engineering experience for demanding Fortune 1000 companies With the focus on vendor-independent cloud implementation free of opaque hooks or proprietary packaging, Mirantis customers benefit from the full force of open source innovation. Customers include Cisco, Dell, GE, Agilent, NASA, The Gap, Axcient, and Nexenta. Mirantis is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with engineering centers in Russia and Ukraine.
Meshin, a Xerox-funded project incubated inside PARC, grew out of PARC’s world-renowned semantic software application research. Meshin’s team of seasoned business professionals, with support from PARC researchers, have now created a mobile business calendar application that supports Evernote functionality so that Evernote users will enjoy a seamless experience across communications platforms.