After exiting from stealth in June, infrastructure analytics vendor AppFormix today announced a partnership with OpenStack vendor Mirantis. AppFormix will integrate with IaaS deployments based on the Mirantis OpenStack distribution to deliver analytics about resource utilization and performance in addition to identifying resource bottlenecks and remediating resource contention. Given its focus on understanding how infrastructure components perform within a larger ecosystem of infrastructure, applications and data feeds, AppFormix fills a critical niche within the OpenStack community with respect to real-time analytics related to infrastructure. In addition to delivering timely analytics about OpenStack infrastructure, AppFormix gives customers data-driven recommendations about how they can reconfigure or tweak their deployments to optimize infrastructure and application performance. As told to Cloud Computing Today in an interview with AppFormix CEO Sumeet Singh, AppFormix also provides a rich visual interface that provides customers with real-time experience regarding the status of infrastructure and its consumption of application and data-related resources. The partnership between AppFormix and Mirantis positions AppFormix strongly to take a leadership position with respect to infrastructure analytics for OpenStack although, as Singh noted, Mirantis represents the only free standing commercial OpenStack vendor in light of the acquisitions of startups such as Piston Cloud Computing, Cloudscaling and Metacloud. In the meantime, AppFormix plans to further develop the capability of its platform to support infrastructure analytics in other cloud environments as it continues to reinforce the value of real-time data about cloud and container infrastructures.
As of December, Tesora boasts an OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) product that is certified for the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Trove, recall, refers to OpenStack’s Database as a Service technology that enables customers to provision and manage databases within OpenStack Nova instances. Trove allows OpenStack users to auotmate tasks such as the deployment, configuration, patching and backup of relational and non-relational databases. Tesora has collaborated with the OpenStack Trove project to deliver an enterprise grade Trove product that features support for multiple databases such as MySQL, MongoDB, Redis and Cassandra. Tesora’s certification of its Trove DBaaS product on Mirantis represents an addition to its exisiting certifications with Red Hat and Ubuntu OpenStack distributions and consolidates its positioning within the commercial OpenStack Trove space. Formerly called ParElastic, the Cambridge, MA-based company joined the OpenStack community as a corporate sponsor in 2013 and focuses on delivering the industry’s premier, enterprise-grade, Database as a Service platform for OpenStack. Tesora is currently the only OpenStack Trove implementation certified by Mirantis, one of the industry’s leading OpenStack distributions.
Mirantis recently announced $100M in Series B funding in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. August Capital and existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). The investment marks the largest Series B funding round in the history of open source software. As a result of the funding raise, Insight Venture Partners Managing Director, Alex Crisses, will join the Mirantis board of directors. Crisses remarked on the investment as follows:
OpenStack adoption is accelerating worldwide, driven by the need for low cost, scalable cloud infrastructure. 451 Research estimates a market size of $3.3 billion by 2018. Mirantis delivers on OpenStack’s promise of cloud computing at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional IT vendors, and without the compromise of vendor lock-in. Their customer traction has been phenomenal.
Mirantis intends to use the funding to accelerate product development and enhance its international expansion to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Mountain View-based company has helped over 130 companies implement OpenStack and claims bragging rights to the largest OpenStack deal to date in the form of a five year licensing agreement with Ericsson. The company has experienced meteoric growth in recent years with revenue increasing from $1M a month to $1M a week. With an extra $100M in the bank, Mirantis is enviably positioned to deliver one of the most productized, turnkey distributions of OpenStack on the marketplace and to subsequently assume a leadership spot in the intensifying battle for OpenStack market share. Notably, the Series B funding raise also enables Mirantis to increase its contributions to the OpenStack community and assert more influence on the direction of the open source IaaS collaboration. Whatever comes next, however, the $100M investment represents a watershed moment in the history of open source computing and suggests that open source may well hold the key to the larger future of software and IT infrastructure services more generally.
On September 10, StackStorm revealed a partnership with Mirantis to in integrate its operations automation products into products from Mirantis, the Mountain View-based commercial OpenStack vendor. As a result of the partnership, StackStorm’s DevOps and automation products will enhance the Mirantis OpenStack distribution and contribute toward the operational agility of Mirantis OpenStack deployments. Evan Powell, CEO of StackStorm, remarked on the significance of the partnership between StackStorm and Mirantis as follows:
Mirantis is one of the leading OpenStack distributions in the industry today, and we intend to heavily invest in our partnerships so that users can leverage StackStorm alongside Mirantis software and services. OpenStack is playing an increasingly important role in the industry, and enables users to achieve the power and flexibility of the cloud without the rigidity and cost of proprietary cloud services and private cloud platforms. While our software supports more than OpenStack, we depend heavily on the community and are happy to be increasing our support.
Here, Powell underscores the criticality of OpenStack to contemporary cloud computing because of its ability to enable customers to realize the “power and flexibility of the cloud” without the “rigidity and cost of proprietary cloud services.” Powell also notes StackStorm’s intent to expand its partnership program as its technology comes out of a private Beta and achieves general availability later this year. Stackstorm delivers automation and artificial intelligence to the automation of workflows for IaaS platforms in ways that increase operational efficiencies by factors of 10 to 100. Part of the company’s mission involves bringing the automation and massive economies of scale enjoyed by technology giants such as Facebook and Google to mainstream enterprise IT by means of its machine-learning based automation technology. Today’s announcement represents an important milestone for StackStorm as Mirantis will provide a lively Beta site for the evaluation and refinement of its platform. The integration with Mirantis promises to prefigure further partnerships between StackStorm and other OpenStack vendors and a corresponding enrichment of the OpenStack ecosystem more generally. StackStorm is already a leading contributor to OpenStack Workflow as a Service collaboration, Project Mistral.
Mirantis recently announced a partnership Parallels whereby the Mirantis OpenStack distribution will be integrated into Parallels Automation, a hosting and cloud automation platform for cloud service providers. As a result of the partnership, cloud service providers can deliver IaaS solutions based on OpenStack to customers all over the world. The partnership stands to further accelerate OpenStack adoption by providing prospective customers with streamlined access to OpenStack provisioning and monitoring technologies. Moreover, the integration of Parallels Automation with OpenStack enables the use of parallels container technology as an additional container technology used in OpenStack deployments alongside Docker. Existing Parallels Automation customers can also enjoy the benefits of a unified billing experience for their OpenStack-based deployment that converges with billing for other hosting and cloud services they may have purchased. In conjunction with its $30M deal with Ericsson to license Mirantis OpenStack for a five year period, the Mirantis partnership with Parallels represents an aggressive move to assert the primacy of its OpenStack distribution in a climate that has seen less in the way of major announcements about OpenStack deals than might be expected given the tech industry’s overwhelming support for the open source IaaS collaboration.
Ericsson, the Swedish provider of communications technology and services, recently signed a five year software licensing deal with Mirantis for OpenStack Infrastructure as a Service technology. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal is valued at $30 million and consequently vies for the designation of the largest commercial OpenStack deal in the platform’s history. Ericsson intends to use OpenStack as the infrastructure technology for its internal data centers, telecommunications network and cloud computing services. Ericsson’s director of cloud systems and platforms, Jason Hoffman, noted that the company had begun using OpenStack since its inception and plans to collaborate with Mirantis to improve the resilience, durability and performance of OpenStack. The Swedish technology giant is considering development of an OpenStack-based cloud for its telco customers in response to telco pressure and feedback for Ericsson to deliver infrastructure-related innovation. Ericsson is a gold sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation and an investor in Mirantis, a Mountain View based company that specializes in helping other companies successfully implement OpenStack. Mirantis, which finalized $20M in Series A funding last year, boasts its own OpenStack distribution known simply as the Mirantis OpenStack Distribution.
Mirantis, an engineering consulting firm for open source software and OpenStack, has partnered with CloudCamp to deliver training courses in OpenStack technology. Based in Mountain View, California, Mirantis is an active member of and contributor of code to the OpenStack community. In person OpenStack training at workshops in Silicon Valley will be conducted by OpenStack technical architects employed by Mirantis in addition to volunteers from the broader OpenStack community. Online curricula will include videos and self-paced learning modules targeted toward system analysts and cloud architects interested in deepening their knowledge of OpenStack. The initial training workshops will cover OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Image Service, otherwise known as Nova and Glance respectively. Although courses will be delivered under CloudCamp branding, the long term vision of the collaboration between Mirantis and CloudCamp is to open-source all educational modules and training materials.
OpenStack community manager Stefano Maffulli praised the initiative taken by Mirantis and CloudCamp by noting: “It is great to see the community taking an active role in evangelizing OpenStack and spreading the knowledge. We are happy to see companies like Mirantis focus on education and training to meet the high demand for OpenStack talent and drive adoption of the technology.” Demand for engineers with OpenStack experience is likely to grow steeply as the cottage industry of enterprise grade OpenStack deployments proliferates. Mirantis stands aptly positioned to take a leadership role in OpenStack training given its Center of Excellence for OpenStack, an organization dedicated to assisting companies deploy OpenStack cloud-based solutions, and its development of an internal training program for OpenStack that it intends to adapt for broader consumption with the help of CloudCamp.