Cloud in a box might be a sacrilegious term to many cloud purists, but it seems it’s actually a real thing. Mirantis is jumping on board and creating a program around converged cloud appliances.
Mirantis is releasing the latest version of its OpenStack cloud, version 6.1. The release aims to support the deploying of workloads from the OpenStack Community Application Catalogue, as well as providing flexibility of choice and increased scale resilience with 200-node support out-of-the-box.
Yesterday at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Mirantis unveiled a new partner program dubbed Mirantis Unlocked, a partner program that’s designed to help infrastructure and solution providers seamlessly deliver technology in the OpenStack ecosystem. So how does Mirantis view the difficult nature of getting OpenStack up and running with all the bits and pieces that don’t necessarily work together seamlessly?
Until a few years ago, there were a couple of widely held beliefs in the open source cloud world. The first was that OpenStack, the project initially launched by NASA and Rackspace and now firmly ensconced in its own foundation, was not quite production ready. Despite all the industry support for OpenStack, actual customer wins seemed few and far between. The other belief was that CloudStack, the competing open source cloud system that was born from the Cloud.com company (since acquired by Citrix), was production ready, well-adopted by real-world users but lacking the sex appeal of OpenStack.
Software and services firm Mirantis today set out a testing and certification initiative for its partner companies, which it hopes will lead ultimately to pre-configured OpenStack appliances.
The company says its Mirantis Unlocked programme, comprising about 50 OpenStack software and service providers, will help ensure technologies based on the open-source cloud initiative work together with minimal effort.
Another day another OpenStack alliance. This time out, database kingpin Oracle is working with Mirantis to make sure that the Oracle 12c database will run on OpenStack cloud infrastructure.
Oracle and software and services firm Mirantis have joined forces to make it easier and faster to set up Database 12c ready for use on OpenStack private clouds.
The availability of Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant as the first Oracle applications in the Murano OpenStack catalog represents a deep integration with OpenStack, according to the enterprise software giant.
Another in the long line of partnership announcements for both Mirantis and Pivotal. But this time with a twist, they’re partnering with each other. Mirantis is, of course, perhaps the most successful OpenStack service provider. While other OpenStack players either have less than stellar exits or fail outright, Mirantis seems to be going from strength to strength. For its part, Pivotal Cloud Foundry is the Platform as a Service (PaaS) part of the Pivotal operation. Pivotal is a joint venture between EMC and VMware and has gained serious attention since its inception.
Do you want to use OpenStack, but you’re afraid of the headaches of getting its architecture just right? Well, EMC is here to help with OpenStack reference architectures for three leading OpenStack vendors: Canonical, Mirantis, and Red Hat.