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Mirantis Doubles Down on NFV; Optimizing Mirantis Cloud Platform for Telcos

July 27, 2017

By Dave Van Everen

AT&T, Vodafone, Saudi Telecom, China Mobile rely on Mirantis to easily deploy and update NFV via DriveTrain

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mirantis today announced a series of innovativeNFV-focused updatestoMirantis Cloud Platform (MCP), optimized for easy deployment, operations and updates via DriveTrain.

“MCP now includes significant new enhancements for NFV, available for customers to consume via theDriveTrain toolchain,” said Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder and CMO. “Leading Communications companies are selecting Mirantis to enable their VNFs and unlock a ‘disaggregated’ NFV stack that’s tuned for high performance and based on open source standards and non-proprietary infrastructure hardware.”

Mirantis continues to add capabilities supportingNFVfor telecom operators, cable providers and enterprises. These new capabilities include significant new functionality for NFV:

  • OVS-DPDK over bonded interfaces: Allows users to consume higher bandwidth over a single link aggregated interface.

  • VLAN-aware VMs: Enables users to consume significantly fewer vNICs, where previously a separate vNIC was required for each VLAN. This dramatically reduces the networking complexity of the virtualized environment.

  • Per-VF QoS: Bandwidth capping on a per-virtual-function level permits fine-grained traffic shaping and prevents noisy-neighbor syndromes.

With MCP, Mirantis departs from the traditional software-centric method that revolves around licensing and support subscriptions. Instead, the company is pioneering an operations-centric approach, where open infrastructure is continuously delivered with an operations SLA through a managed service or by the customer themselves. This way, software updates no longer happen once every 6-12 months, but are introduced in minor increments on a bi-weekly basis, and with no down time.

Announcedin April, Mirantis Cloud Platform includes leading open source software such as OpenStack and Kubernetes, continuously delivered via the DriveTrain Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline and provided to customers in a unique build-operate-transfer delivery model that ensures successful hybrid cloud operations at scale.

Mirantis Cloud Platform is:

  • Open Cloud Software — provides a single platform to orchestrate VMs, containers and bare metal compute resources by:

    • Expanding Mirantis Cloud Platform to include Kubernetes for container orchestration.

    • Complementing the virtual compute stacks with best-in-class open source software defined networking (SDN).

    • Featuring Ceph, the most popular open source software defined storage (SDS), for both Kubernetes and OpenStack.

  • DriveTrain — sets the foundation for DevOps-style lifecycle management of the open cloud software stack by enabling continuous integration, continuous testing and continuous delivery through a CI/ CD pipeline. DriveTrain enables:

    • Increased Day 1 flexibility in customizing the reference architecture and configurations during initial software installation.

    • Greater ability to perform Day 2 operations such as post-deployment configuration, functionality and architecture changes.

    • Seamless version updates through an automated pipeline to a virtualized control plane to minimize downtime.

  • StackLight — enables strict compliance to availability SLAs by providing continuous monitoring of the open cloud software stacks through a unified set of software services and dashboards. Stacklight:

    • Avoids lock-in by including best-in-breed open source software for log management, metrics and alerts.

    • Includes a comprehensive DevOps portal that displays information such as StackLight visualization and DriveTrain configuration settings.

    • Focuses on SLA. The entire Mirantis StackLight toolchain is purpose-built for MCP to enable up to 99.99% uptime service level agreements with Mirantis Managed OpenStack.

The build-operate-transfer model provides a turnkey experience, with Mirantis operating the cloud for customers for a period of at least six months with up to four nines SLA prior to offboarding operational responsibility to the customer’s team, if desired. This delivery model ensures that not just the software, but also the customer’s team and process are aligned with DevOps best practices.

To learn more about Mirantis Cloud Platform, watch an overview video and sign up for a live demo

About Mirantis
Mirantis delivers open cloud infrastructure to top enterprises using OpenStack, Kubernetes and related open source technologies. The company is a major contributor of code to many open infrastructure projects and follows a build-operate-transfer model to deliver its Mirantis Cloud Platform and cloud management services, empowering customers to take advantage of open source innovation with no vendor lock-in. To date, Mirantis has helped over 200 enterprises build and operate some of the largest open clouds in the world. Its customers include iconic brands such as AT&T, Comcast, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, eBay, Wells Fargo Bank and Volkswagen. Learn more

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Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source.

Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global.