OpenStack player Mirantis is expanding in Europe, with the opening of a new office in Berlin, new channel partnerships and the training of 1,500 OpenStack engineers.
OpenStack is the biggest open source IaaS player, with backing from major IT vendors, including Red Hat, SUSE, Canonical, Rackspace, HP, IBM, CISCO, Mirantis, VMWare and AT&T, and it competes head-to-head against AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Engine.
The OpenStack community must focus on improvements that accelerate developer productivity, improve life cycle management and help OpenStack become a single platform for mixed workloads. Over the next few years, the ultimate vision for OpenStack is that it becomes a single platform for VMs, containers and bare metal, and that it can be easily operable as a hybrid cloud with AWS, Azure and others.
How do you measure the number of companies that have adopted OpenStack for cloud computing? One metric is the popularity of OpenStack training courses, which surged in 2015, according to data out this week from Mirantis.
Five years on from its high-profile inception, OpenStack has enjoyed a lot of hype as the de facto open-source standard for cloud computing – but will it ever be the cloud giant that many claimed it would?
The partnership centers on the integration of a Palo Alto Networks security tool into Mirantis’s OpenStack distribution as a Virtual Network Function (VNF). The tool is designed to protect cloud applications from security threats.
Prasad Chandratre, senior systems engineer at Nokia Networks, earned his OpenStack Administrator Professional Level certification through Mirantis. His group is involved in building the next generation network for Nokia as it shifts from proprietary hardware to OpenStack cloud architecture and the coursework was used to prepare the staff for that transition.
Irish IT company Ammeon has reached a deal to deliver Mirantis’ OpenStack service in the EMEA region, with the duo establishing an Irish centre too.
Mirantis has become the go-to place for OpenStack consultants, as well as offering its own commercially supported version of it. In 2015, it landed a nice partnership deal with Intel.
Mirantis has donated its Fuel configuration and deployment tool, which it created for OpenStack, to the organization that formally oversees the development of OpenStack.