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Mirantis Ships First Zero Lock-In OpenStack Distribution Designed for the Enterprise Market

Mirantis, the number one pure-play OpenStack vendor, today announced general availability of Mirantis OpenStack, a flexible and commercially-supported OpenStack distribution that gives enterprises the widest selection in choice of supported operating systems, hypervisors and storage back-ends. Mirantis OpenStack integrates core OpenStack components, essential related OpenStack projects and 3rd party plug-ins, in a single, commercially-supported package. It offers the latest innovations from the open source community along with the testing and reliability expected of enterprise software.

"We’ve helped scores of Global 2000 customers stand up the largest OpenStack clouds in production and they’ve helped us design the first easy, flexible, and reliable OpenStack distribution designed for enterprises at scale,” said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO. “We have no larger software portfolio agenda. We are focused only on helping our customers succeed with OpenStack. No other distribution of OpenStack offers customers this range of choice or extensibility in their cloud.”

Mirantis OpenStack distribution includes core OpenStack packages that run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Ubuntu operating systems. Mirantis OpenStack includes support for three related OpenStack projects – Fuel, Savanna and Murano. Mirantis engineers led the development of the open source Savanna project that provides Hadoop on demand on OpenStack with just one click. The Mirantis OpenStack Distribution also supports Ceph as the back end for object and block storage and offers an early preview of drivers for VMware's vSphere virtualization platform. Currently based on the enterprise-tested Grizzly release, Mirantis OpenStack distribution on the Havana release will be available for download after November 11, 2013 from the Mirantis web site.

“Between service providers considering which cloud platform to deploy and enterprises looking to build out private clouds, I've seen nothing but a rising tide of interest in OpenStack over the past year,” said Michael Coté, research director of infrastructure software for 451 Research. “OpenStack's foundational nature of flexibility is appealing to the varied needs that these companies have across operating systems, storage, and other infrastructure. At the same time, the market is hungry for easier methods to stand up and manage OpenStack clouds. I'm eager to see the further refining of the various OpenStack distributions over the next year and it's encouraging to see the seasoned experts at Mirantis entering this business.”

Included with Mirantis OpenStack is project Fuel, an open source installation and management tool that provides consumer-grade simplicity to the time-consuming and error-prone process of deploying various configuration flavors of OpenStack at scale. Fuel lets enterprises install, deploy and manage various OpenStack distributions via a single control plane. Only Mirantis gives customers the power and flexibility to deploy Mirantis OpenStack packages alongside Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Ubuntu OpenStack. Fuel makes it easy to run and manage all three OpenStack environments through a single control plane and decide which environments to scale up or down on the fly even in production deployments.

Mirantis is the only pure-play OpenStack vendor among the top five contributors to the OpenStack Havana release cycle and is a founding board member of the OpenStack foundation. Employing more than 400 OpenStack infrastructure experts across three continents, Mirantis has helped dozens of enterprise customers succeed with OpenStack.

“Following 50 pages of instructions and examples provided by a Rackspace OpenStack instructor, I kept running into little problems,” said Justin Franks, senior operations engineer at Lithium Technologies, developer of social software for iconic brands such as AT&T, Best Buy, HP, Paypal, Sephora and Univision. “Mirantis came into our office and stood up Mirantis OpenStack for our POC Dev environment in a few hours. After they left I tore everything down and rebuilt our POC over and over with Fuel.”

To find out more about Mirantis OpenStack, please visit http://software.mirantis.com.

About Mirantis

Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat, Sprint and Verizon. Mirantis is venture-backed by Intel, Dell, Red Hat and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit www.mirantis.com or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

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