Mirantis has raised $10 million in a round led by Intel Capital to extend its OpenStack services for companies seeking to build out a cloud infrastructure. Dell Ventures and WestSummit Capital also participated in the Series A investment. Mirantis calls the funding “growth capital” and plans to use part of it to expand into China where OpenStack is gaining in popularity.
Mirantis is a services company, and, as you probably well know, OpenStack is an open cloud operating system that companies can use to build out its own distributed, elastic infrastructures.
The trouble for companies comes when trying to piece together all the moving parts of OpenStack — from compute to storage and networking. The OpenStack OS comes together through the consortium of providers that develop the OS in an open manner. On the upside, OpenStack is starting to get stable enough so that companies such as AT&T and Cisco are building out infrastructures.
Mirantis is one of the founding members of OpenStack. It has developed a tool library that consists of frameworks that integrate different capabilities. For example, Mirantis has a Puppet library for automating infrastructure.
For the near term, Mirantis does not give access to the library. Instead, it works with companies such as Dell to build out cloud infrastructure. Going forward the goal is to make the library accessible and easy to use for the end customer.
Mirantis has helped develop more than 30 OpenStack deployment projects in the past 18 months. NASA, WebEx, Gap, PayPal, Internap, and AT&T are some of the projects it has helped build out.
This is the year for OpenStack to begin really growing. Service firms will be increasingly important in offering their expertise to build out OpenStack deployments.