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Intel and Goldman Sachs invest in Mirantis to boost OpenStack enterprise adoption

Chipmaker is one of a number of investors that have pledged to help Mirantis increase the enterprise appeal of open source OpenStack clouds

OpenStack software and services provider Mirantis looks set to benefit from a $100m funding round led by Intel that seeks to increase the enterprise appeal of the open-source cloud platform.

The company specialises in the provision of software, services, training and support to enterprises intent on running large-scale production deployments of OpenStack.

To help accelerate the enterprise adoption of its offerings, Intel has joined forces with existing Mirantis investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures, WestSummit Capital and Goldman Sachs to invest more money into the firm.

The chipmaker was actively involved in an earlier funding round for Mirantis, which saw it receive $10m in January 2013.

Enterprise appeal of OpenStack

One of the key selling points of OpenStack is that its open-source nature is said to reduce the risk of users experiencing cloud supplier lock-in, which is a big consideration for enterprises.

According to research from market watcher Forrester, this has helped OpenStack emerge as one of the top five most favoured cloud platforms amongst Global 2000 enterprises since its introduction in 2010.

The funding round looks to capitalise on this by introducing tools that will make Mirantis’s take on OpenStack easier to deploy and integrate with existing enterprise datacentre technologies.

As part of this, Intel has pledged to support Mirantis in tackling some common areas of technical difficulty OpenStack users often come up against with regard to storage, networking, integration and getting their deployments to perform well at scale.

Alex Freedland, co-founder and president of Mirantis, said the company plans to draw on the investment and Intel’s technological expertise to position OpenStack as the enterprise’s preferred way to access cloud.

“With Intel as our partner, we’ll show the world that open design, open development and open licensing is the future of cloud infrastructure software. Mirantis’ goal is to make OpenStack the best way to deliver cloud software, surpassing any proprietary systems,” he said.

“Every industry is being disrupted by software. Smart enterprises are embracing the cloud to grow top-line revenues and get services to market faster. Mirantis is the only supplier 100% committed to only OpenStack.”

Diane Bryant, senior vice-president and general manager of the Datacentre Group at Intel, said stepping up its involvement with Mirantis forms part of its wider Cloud for All initiative.

This was launched in July 2015 and is geared towards making private, public and hybrid clouds easier for companies of all sizes to deploy.

“As enterprises embrace public, private and hybrid cloud strategies, they need choices in their infrastructure software,” said Bryant.  

“OpenStack is an ideal open system for cloud-native applications and services, and our collaboration with Mirantis is well placed to ensure the delivery of critical enterprise features helping to create of tens of thousands of clouds.”

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