Intel has, however, seen somewhat surprising success pushing its vision of silicon being a critical part of building a cloud — it even managed to get Amazon Web Services to push a kind of "Intel inside" message, something that left many of us scratching our heads. It's not AWS's usual modus operandi to talk about the component parts of its clouds, after all.
“Our investment in Mirantis is the next step in bringing open cloud infrastructure to the entire industry as part of Intel’s ‘Cloud for All’ initiative,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Group, Intel. “As enterprises embrace public, private and hybrid cloud strategies, they need choices in their infrastructure software. OpenStack is an ideal long-term, open solution for cloud-native applications and services. Backed by the world’s largest community of cloud developers and leading technology vendors, OpenStack is poised to disrupt every cloud category and our collaboration with Mirantis is well placed to ensure the delivery of critical new enterprise features.”
Of course Bryant is right; organizations do need choice, but whether the choice around what sort of silicon is used in the hardware powering their clouds will seem important to them remains to be seen. No matter what the collaboration actually delivers, this investment is yet another indication of Mirantis' continued ability to buck industry trends and build something of real substance around OpenStack.
Mirantis has seen some high-profile success — global telcos, banks, and retailers have all used them to drive their OpenStack deployments. Mirantis also signed off on the largest public sale of OpenStack software ever ($30 million with Ericsson). All that success, and the pot of gold the company is amassing, bodes well for Mirantis future.
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