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September 24, 2012

Mirantis Forms OpenStack Team for Building Private and Public Infrastructure Clouds

OpenStack platform continues to grow on an upward trajectory. Founded in July 2010 by Rackspace (News - Alert) and NASA, with the support of 25 companies and a few dozen developers, OpenStack has since grown to more than 180 participating companies and 550 contributing developers producing six software releases in a little over two years.

OpenStack recently spun off into an independent foundation.

Mirantis’ dedicated engineering team develops strategic OpenStack features for the open source community. With the largest pool of OpenStack engineering expertise on the market, Mirantis helps service providers, SaaS (News - Alert) vendors and enterprises build and run robust OpenStack cloud infrastructure, powered by the full force of open source innovation.

Its focus: vendor-independent cloud implementation uncompromised by opaque hooks or proprietary packaging.

The new foundation will facilitate broad industry support and provide shared resources to protect, empower and promote OpenStack software and the community, as well as a permanent legal home for OpenStack. It will provide services such as large-scale software testing, tools to assist developers, event management for the bi-annual summit meetings and regional conferences, legal support, educational resources, and promotion of the OpenStack brand and the ecosystem.

“We’ve been very active in promoting the OpenStack community via blogs, hosting meetups, and through conference presentations,” noted Boris Renski, cofounder of Mirantis.

“There is a great demand forOpenStack service from our customers, but we believe it is important to dedicate a group of our most talented engineers to strategic OpenStack feature development,” Renski added.

The new OpenStack development team will continue Mirantis’ work on Load-Balancer-as-a-Service functionality for OpenStack, which may eventually merge with the Quantum project. So far, Mirantis’ load balancer work has generated considerable community interest with Cisco, PayPal (News - Alert), HP, F5, Riverbed and a number of others pledging support for the LBaaS project.

“We want to contribute more to the newly launched Foundation than just funding by providing meaningful and strategic code contributions,” said Renski.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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