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Vodafone selects Mirantis for network virtualisation programme

Mobile network operator will use managed OpenStack based on Mirantis’ open cloud platform as part of its network virtualisation programme

Managed open cloud provider Mirantis will deliver managed OpenStack based on its cloud platform as part of Vodafone’s network functions virtualisation (NFV) programme.

Its managed OpenStack offering will sit at the core of Vodafone’s Ocean framework, which is working on the development of open, multi-supplier software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV technologies.

“Mirantis was selected for its technology, innovation and leadership in the OpenStack community and its ability to work with different vendors, engineers and operations teams to deliver OpenStack-based VIM,” said David Amzallag, head of network virtualisation, SDN and NFV at Vodafone Group.

An open and multi-vendor cloud infrastructure is key for delivering better, faster and smarter services to our customers.”

Mirantis claims its managed OpenStack product differs from traditional software-centric methods that revolve around licensing and support subscriptions, instead using an operations-centric approach that continuously delivers open infrastructure with SLAs [service-level agreements] owned either by itself or the customer. Also, updates can be pushed out in minor increments, rather than every few months.

“Vodafone has ambitious goals for its network, and our operations team is excited to support its private cloud efforts,” said Mirantis CEO Alex Freedland. “With Mirantis Managed OpenStack, Vodafone and its customers will have access to the most recent cloud innovations, without having the downtime associated with upgrades.”

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In addition to its use within the Vodafone Ocean framework, the two firms have signed a worldwide procurement agreement that will make managed open cloud available through Vodafone’s online cloud marketplace, CloudStore. The first deployment to be made through this agreement is already under way, said Mirantis.

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