OpenStack consultants Mirantis release DIY kit for cloud deployment
Cloud company also scores PR coup as PayPal tentatively replace ? of VMware-based servers with OpenStack.
Mirantis, a startup that
provides training and support for OpenStack users, have released
a deployment library
for use with the open source cloud platform.
Marketed as the “Ultimate Do-it-Yourself Kit”,
Fuel includes a
step-by-step guide to setting up OpenStack, as well as a package of
software and scripts to aid deployment. This includes:
Pre-built automation for a broad range of proven
deployment configs, with:
Integrated, versioned packages from OpenStack and
complementary open source technologies
Cobbler scripts and Host OS kickstarts/preseeds
Puppet manifests with sites.pp files for automating
OpenStack rollout and upgrade
Of course, Mirantis aren’t releasing Fuel out of the
kindness of their hearts: it’s an attempt to stand out from the
industry titans getting now involved in OpenStack. They’re also
offering paid support subscriptions for the toolkit, alongside
their existing OpenStack training and support businesses.
The release comes at the same time PayPal have
announced an initial trial of OpenStack. Currently, their 80,000
servers run VMware’s commercial vSphere software, but by the Summer
will have OpenStack in production on 10,000 of its physical
It’s a big PR coup for not only OpenStack in general,
but Mirantis too, who is working with PayPal to smooth the rollout.
PayPal senior engineer Saran Mandair
told GigaOm that the company have found OpenStack deployment
“dramatically accelerated” by their use of the Fuel library.
Mirantis’ other customers include Hewlett-Packard,
AT&T and OpenStack co-founders NASA. The company has also
investments totalling $10m from Dell, Intel and Chinese VC
OpenStack’s next release, codenamed ‘Grizzly’, is due next month
– hot on the heels of Apache CloudStack, which
graduated from a year-long incubation yesterday.
Photo by Peat