Mirantis enters the Kubernetes game and ups its OpenStack play

Mirantis’ business is to make it easy on you to run and manage OpenStack clouds. They’re still doing that, but they’re also making managing containers on clouds easier by adopting Kubernetes.

Mirantis Cloud Platform

Mirantis Cloud Platform combines OpenStack with Kubernetes for a complete cloud and container management platform.

The Sunnyvale, Calif. company is doing this by launching a new single integrated distribution of OpenStack and Kubernetes: Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) 1.0. This new release also offers a unique build-operate-transfer delivery model.

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Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder, explained, “Today, infrastructure consumption patterns are defined by the public cloud, where everything is API driven, managed, and continuously delivered. Mirantis OpenStack, which featured Fuel as an installer, was the easiest OpenStack distribution to deploy, but every new version required a forklift upgrade.”

This, as anyone who’s upgraded OpenStack from one major version to another knows, is all too true.

Mirantis addresses this, Renski explained, by departing “from the traditional installer-centric architecture and towards an operations-centric architecture, continuously delivered by either Mirantis or the customers’ DevOps team with zero downtime. Updates no longer happen once every 6-12 months, but are introduced in minor increments on a weekly basis. In the next five to 10 years, all vendors in the space will either find a way to adapt to this pattern or they will disappear.”

Those are bold words, but Renski isn’t the only one blowing Mirantis’ horn.

Lisa Davis, Intel’s Data Center Group VP and general manager of Enterprise & Government IT Modernization, revealed that “over the last two years, Intel has worked closely with Mirantis to optimize OpenStack to meet the requirements of large enterprise and comms service providers’ environments. Examples of our joint work include improved network, storage, and high-availability capabilities as well as Kubernetes enhancements. Customers will now be able to take advantage of these optimizations with this release of the Mirantis Cloud Platform.”

In a statement, OpenStack’s COO Mark Collier added, “As the industry embraces composable, open infrastructure, the ‘LAMP stack of cloud’ is emerging, made up of OpenStack, Kubernetes, and other key open technologies. Mirantis Cloud Platform presents a new vision for the OpenStack distribution, one that embraces diverse compute, storage and networking technologies continuously rather than via major upgrades on six-month cycles.”