To further expand its presence in the European market, Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack vendor, recently opened a new office in Grenoble, France. This new facility, handled by veteran technologist Patrick Petit, Director of Engineering and General Manager of Mirantis France, will serve as an R&D center, as well as a training, consulting and support facility for its customers in Europe.
"As European customers adopt OpenStack, the Mirantis zero lock-in approach offers the easiest and most reliable path to a successful outcome," said Adrian Ionel, Mirantis CEO. "We're delighted to have people of Patrick's caliber join Mirantis. We see Europe not only as a market but also a source of some of the best technical talent in the world."
Mirantis claims that it is among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, having helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Comcast, Symantec, Ericsson, Expedia, Samsung, NASA, NTT Docomo, Workday, PayPal (News - Alert) and Red Hat. In the European arena, Mirantis has offices in the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and Russia.
"Grenoble has a history of concentrated expertise in technology and compute infrastructure. Its reputation as the leading French center of engineering and knowledge-driven industries continues to attract great talent," said Patrick Petit. "Because the success of cloud technologies depends on combining a broad span of technologies, from networking to virtualization to distributed applications, the integrative disciplines found in Grenoble and the Rhone valley provide an excellent foundation for building new capabilities into OpenStack IaaS and feeding the appetite for cloud both locally and worldwide."In related news, Mirantis and Canonical recently announced a joint collaboration to offer private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu (News - Alert). The two companies will invest in continuously testing compatibility between Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu to ensure that the Mirantis OpenStack distribution works seamlessly with Ubuntu. The companies will collaborate to offer an OpenStack solution that is fully supported, secure and ready for production workloads.