Companies Work to Enable Customers to Use Mirantis OpenStack Distribution with VMware Enterprise-Grade Virtualization Solutions for Compute, Networking and Storage

Palo Alto and HONG KONG / Open Stack Summit – Nov. 5, 2013 — / — Mirantis and VMware today announced a partnership to develop and deliver solutions that help customers accelerate large-scale cloud deployments based on the Mirantis OpenStack distribution and VMware technologies. With this agreement, Fuel, the open source tool for OpenStack deployment and management pioneered by Mirantis, will add support for automating the deployment of the Mirantis OpenStack distribution in conjunction with VMware vCenter™ Server and VMware NSX™ technologies.

“VMware has demonstrated its commitment to the open source community by making significant code contributions and enabling its technology to work well with OpenStack,” said Boris Renski, co-founder and executive vice president, Mirantis. “We see a lot of interest in both VMware vSphere® and VMware NSX™ network virtualization from Mirantis OpenStack customers, and this partnership will help us provide the best possible experience for them. Through this partnership, Mirantis and VMware will be able to drive innovations that simplify the deployment of highly scalable and high-performing clouds.”

“Mirantis has a strong track record in helping customers deploy OpenStack,” said Dan Wendlandt, director of product management for OpenStack at VMware. “Mirantis OpenStack builds on this track record by helping organizations run OpenStack clouds based on the best compute, network, storage, and management technologies to meet their IT and business requirements. By integrating best-of-breed VMware technologies such as VMware vSphere®, VMware NSX™, and VMware Virtual SAN™ with Mirantis OpenStack, we are promoting customer choice in terms of which path customers want to follow in building their next-generation clouds.”

The Mirantis OpenStack distribution gives enterprises a broad selection of supported operating systems, hypervisors and storage back-ends. Mirantis gives customers the power and flexibility to deploy Mirantis OpenStack packages alongside Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Ubuntu OpenStack.

OpenStack enables the use of different compute, network, and storage technologies to build clouds. VMware provides a proven portfolio of best-in-class components, including technologies such as VMware vSphere®, and new innovations such as VMware NSX and VMware Virtual SAN™, for building OpenStack clouds. These solutions are backed by a dedicated software development team at VMware focused on OpenStack.

Using Fuel, Mirantis and VMware will enable the automated configuration of:

  • The OpenStack Compute service (Nova) with the VMware vCenter Server driver
  • The OpenStack Networking service (Neutron) with the VMware NSX driver (formerly the Nicira NVP driver)
  • The OpenStack Block Storage service (Cinder) with the VMware VMDK datastore driver
  • Compatibility with OpenStack Havana and future releases

Additionally, Mirantis and VMware will coordinate around reference architectures and commercial support, and Mirantis will provide enterprise-class support for OpenStack on top of VMware products.

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Cloudera, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat, Sprint and Verizon. Mirantis is venture-backed by Intel, Dell, Red Hat and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consumer Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

VMware, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vCenter, VMware vSphere and VMware NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

Eloy Ontiveros
VMware Global Communications

Angela Nibbs
Hill & Knowlton strategies for VMware

Source: VMware, Inc.



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