OpenStack Consultancy Mirantis Gets $10 Million More in Funding
As we reported at the beginning of the year, Northern California-based company Mirantis, which is well-known to many as a consulting firm that knows its way around the OpenStack cloud computing platform, had received $10 million in funding from Dell, Intel and WestSummit.
Since then, Mirantis' clout in the OpenStack arena has increased, and the company has just received an additional $10 million from Ericsson, Red Hat and SAP Ventures. The second round of funding comes as Mirantis is ramping up its efforts surrounding its Fuel componenet library, which is basically a do-it-yourself kit for OpenStack deployments.
Mirantis had taken care of its own funding until the beginning of this year, but has steadily gathered an impressive list of customers working with it on OpenStack projects. The customers include AT&T, Cisco, PayPal and The Gap.The company has also stepped up its training and online education efforts in the OpenStack arena. The company holds public Boot Camps each month in Mountain View, CA, for anyone interested in picking up OpenStack skills.
Fuel is a big part of Mirantis' future, and is behind its second round of funding. According to Miranits:
"Fuel is the Ultimate Do-it-Yourself Kit for OpenStack. Purpose built to assimilate the hard-won experience of our services team, it contains the tooling, information, and support you need to accelerate time to production with OpenStack cloud."
The Fuel tools come with complete documentation and a step-by-step deployment guide. There is also guidance available on matching the tools with the right hardware configurations. And there are many scripts and components that can help integrate OpenStack with existing platforms. Fuel has been open sourced, but Mirantis provides support and services surrounding it.
For people in Silicon Valley, Mirantis is also hiring. Interestingly, if you're wondering about WestSummit's interest in Mirantis as one of its original funding partners, the firm is one of the largest venture capital firms in China. There has been talk of expanding Mirantis' reach in China and Asia. Clearly, this is a cloud consultancy to watch.