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Mirantis stacks phonebook (and wallet) in new funding round

Elliot Bentley

Ericsson, Red Hat and SAP Ventures get in bed with OpenStack consultant, plus open-source deployment kit Fuel gets a Grizzly update.

Mirantis, provider of OpenStack services, has raised $10m in their its second funding round, bringing on board three major companies in the process: Ericsson, Red Hat and SAP Ventures.

The three join WestSummit Capital and the investment arms of Dell and Intel, which collectively invested $10m during the initial funding round in January. WestSummit Capital, a Chinese company, led and contributed to both rounds.

Mirantis doesn’t offer an OpenStack distribution, but consulting and training and services, pledging to provide “a vendor-neutral implementation of OpenStack, free of lock-in hooks or proprietary packaging”.

Along with the funding news, the company have today released a Grizzly-compatible build of open-source deployment kit called Fuel. An inevitable paid version for subscribers is coming later this year.

Mirantis now finds itself with not only a bulging wallet, but a phone book full of powerful friends, including three of the OpenStack Foundation’s eight platinum sponsors. Indeed, Mirantis boss Adrian Ionel says that the latest investment “is about more than capital”, allowing for “integration of Mirantis’ Fuel technology and services with key players in IT”.

Details of this integration are still sketchy, but the press release suggests that Mirantis will aid Ericsson and SAP in building their own OpenStack-powered infrastructures. Meanwhile, Red Hat, which has become the largest single contributor to the OpenStack codebase, is gearing up to launch its own commercial distribution. According to Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO, the collaboration will “help accelerate” enterprise adoption.

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