OpenStack Startup Mirantis Receives $10M Boost from IT Leaders

The rapid adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise has not gone unnoticed by the movers and shakers of the IT industry. The big vendors are elbowing each other for every chance to grow their presence in the open-source community, and there is no shortage of  opportunity.

Thursday morning, OpenStack integration specialist Mirantis announced that it has secured $10 million in series A funding from Ericsson, Red Hat, and SAP Ventures. Existing investor WestSummit Capital, which contributed to the $10 million Mirantis raised last December, also participated in this latest round.

“OpenStack is key to our technology roadmap. Like Mirantis, we are focused on building very robust, mission-critical solutions that meet service provider needs. Mirantis offers the ideal combination of technology, engineering talent, and competence to help us accelerate our OpenStack development,” said Paolo Colella, the vice president and head of Consulting and Systems Integration at Ericsson.

Mirantis will use the new capital to accelerate the development of Fuel, the open-source management and deployment tool for OpenStack that it released in March this year. The company followed up the funding announcement with a major update for the platform.

The new version of Fuel features a visual interface that serves as a centralized control plane for OpenStack clusters. The upgrade also introduces automatic hardware discovery and network verification, and support for the latest Grizzly release of OpenStack.

Mirantis is one of several startups trying to carve out a place for themselves in the growing OpenStack community. An emerging quality of service solutions provider called Cloudbyte has been working towards the same goal from a different angle. The QoS specialist released a driver for OpenStack Block Storage Cinder that enables users to provide CloudByte volumes via the native clients and API.