JUNIPER AND MIRANTIS are getting cosy, with news that they are to form a cloud OpenStack alliance.
The two companies have signed an engineering partnership that the companies believe will lead to a reliable, scalable software-defined networking solution.
Mirantis, a major player in the OpenStack ecosystem, today announced that it has partnered with Google to bring support for Kubernetes, Google’s open-source project for managing containerized applications, to the OpenStack project. This new project uses OpenStack’s Murano application catalog to make it easier to deploy and configure these new Kubernetes-based clusters and their respective Docker containers.
Exhibit one – Mirantis is perhaps the highest profile pure-play OpenStack vendor. Its savvy use of media storms and the huge amount of funding it has got have shone a spotlight on the company and what it does.
Exhibit two – Docker is, of course, one of the highest profile and fastest growing open source initiatives today – since the creation of Docker only a couple of years ago, it has gained almost unbelievable attention and buy-in from vendors and customers alike.
It’s a busy time for container technology in the cloud computing market: IBM this week at its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas announced broad support for containers in its hybrid cloud computing software, while Google partnered with OpenStack distributor Mirantis to enable container technology capabilities in the open source cloud platform.
For businesses wanting to run the Kubernetes cluster management framework for containers on OpenStack clouds, Google and Mirantis have teamed up to make that happen more easily.
The previously tricky business of using Docker cluster-manager Kubernetes on the OpenStack cloud platform should now be easier, following integration work from Mirantis and Google.
Open source cloud computing vendor Mirantis has extended its reach into Japan, where it has already secured one channel partnership for its “pure-play” OpenStack distribution.
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Mirantis is rapidly becoming the poster child of OpenStack service providers – via some impressive funding numbers, high growth and lots of media attention, Mirantis has become the first-named example when it comes to companies offering software and services around OpenStack. Mirantis pushes itself as the “pure-play OpenStack company” – thus differentiating itself from all the larger legacy vendors (IBM, HP et al) who have OpenStack as one of their many offerings. Mirantis only does OpenStack, thus creating for itself an image of a true specialist.
With OpenStack finally making the inroads its proponents have hoped for, the next big questions are where and how to run it, as well as how to keep it fresh.