Mirantis Drives Simplification of OpenStack Deployments

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    While a lot of interest has developed in the OpenStack framework for managing IT infrastructure, much work still needs to be done on making OpenStack simpler to deploy. To address that issue, Mirantis has donated its Fuel configuration and deployment tool, which it created for OpenStack, to the organization that formally oversees the development of OpenStack.

    On the heels of that announcement, Mirantis today announced that FusionStorm has become the second integrator to be certified as a partner to offer Mirantis Unlocked Appliances, which Mirantis developed as a reference architecture for deploying OpenStack on IT infrastructure from Dell and Juniper Networks.

    Boris Renski, chief marketing officer for Mirantis, says making Fuel part of the core OpenStack project means that as far as configuration and deployment are concerned, vendors can stop reinventing the wheel.


    In general, OpenStack today is mainly being used to manage so-called “cloud native” applications. Much of that interest is driven by a desire to replace proprietary management frameworks with an open source framework. But given the current lack of maturity of OpenStack, most IT organizations are deploying OpenStack in parallel with existing commercial management frameworks.

    It’s hard to say how widely adopted OpenStack will become. It still takes a significant amount of engineering expertise to deploy OpenStack at scale. But over time, it’s clear that a massive amount of IT talent is being allocated by multiple vendors to iron out all the OpenStack kinks so that, in 2016, the management framework should be a lot more appealing to the average IT organization.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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