Ericsson, Red Hat, SAP tip $10m into OpenStack player Mirantis

Ericsson, Red Hat, SAP tip $10m into OpenStack player Mirantis

Summary: OpenStack integrator Mirantis has completed its second round of Series A funding with more vendor investors.


Mirantis, an integrator that helps companies build public and private OpenStack clouds, has raised $10m from Ericsson, Red Hat and SAP Ventures.

Mirantis says it works on vendor-neutral OpenStack implementations, offering software and services for cloud deployments. Among its customers are Huawei, PayPal, NASA, AT&T and WebEx.

In January Mirantis secured an initial Series A round of $10m from Dell Ventures, Intel Capital and WestSummit Capital, with the second Series A round, announced on Thursday, bringing its total to $20m.

Mirantis has also updated Fuel, its open sourced toolset for OpenStack clouds, which gives cloud providers a control plane for OpenStack clusters and supports the latest version of the cloud platform, Grizzly.

Mirantis built an OpenStack cloud for SAP using Fuel, while Ericsson will use OpenStack to move systems and applications to an open cloud platform. Fuel is expected play a role in Ericsson's cloud too, according to Mirantis.

Fuel is free and open source under an Apache 2.0 licence, however Mirantis will be launching what it claims is a more manageable enterprise version that is only available to subscribers.

"Because Fuel is open source and easy to modify, experienced cloud operators can get maximum flexibility in their OpenStack deployment," Roman Alekseenkov, Mirantis' director of product and community, said in a statement. "With this latest update and Fuel Enterprise, we aim to complement this flexibility with ease-of-use for the daily operation of OpenStack clouds."

Topic: Cloud

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