Adding fuel to the fire

OpenStack consultants Mirantis release “DIY kit” for cloud deployment

Elliot Bentley

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 servers.

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 recently seen investments totalling $10m from Dell, Intel and Chinese VC WestSummit Capital.

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 Bakke.
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