Mirantis OpenStack 5.0 Provides Interoperability between VMware and OpenStack

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OpenStack cloud company Mirantis has announced the latest major release of Mirantis OpenStack, which features the latest updates included in OpenStack Icehouse, as well as new interoperability between Mirantis OpenStack and VMware environments.

According to the company’s announcement last week, organizations can use Mirantis OpenStack to manage and provision virtual machines on the VMware infrastructure using the KVM hypervisor. In deployments that include both Mirantis OpenStack and VMware, administrators can see all available compute resources, and assign workloads through the OpenStack Horizon console.

It is also a duo entry point solution that allows users to go to vCenter and have control of VMware hypervisors.

“OpenStack gives you the control plane for the entire infrastructure including VMware and KVM, whereas you can use VMware to control your ESX hypervisors,” said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel.

Ionel said that OpenStack and VMware interoperability is important because it provides more cloud options to enterprises who have already invested in one cloud technology. “It’s very important to help customers reap the benefits of the virtualization infrastructure they already have in place. So, when you slide in a new piece of technology…into an enterprise, it’s much easier to do it by leveraging what’s already deployed rather than rip and replace everything. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Recently, Mirantis partnered with Canonical to collaborate on private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu GuestOS.

The latest release is positioned as a fierce competitor to RHEL OpenStack, the enterprise version of OpenStack from Red Hat. And the additional workload mobility highlighted in Mirantis’ latest release will clearly make enterprises take notice. Ionel said there are are also some other key considerations when choosing a cloud solution that come down to their approach.

“The fundamental, most important difference [between Red Hat and Mirantis] is that we are pure-play OpenStack company in our distribution, so we support a variety of configuration options and interoperability with other layers of the platform is key to us,” he said. “This idea of Mirantis OpenStack being completely open with zero lock-in is central to our philosophy.”

Another difference in Mirantis OpenStack is its control plane, Fuel that’s new in Mirantis OpenStack 5, and which is designed to make the deployment and management of OpenStack much easier.

It also offers upgradability and forward compatibility. Fuel lets customers manage clusters and run future releases of OpenStack alongside their existing Icehouse-based clouds. And the Fuel master node, which controls deployment automation, is also now packaged using Docker containers, making it possible for cloud operators to upgrade their Fuel master node without rebuilding or incurring cloud downtime in their deployed environments.

Ionel also notes that it is built for enterprises and high availability at its core. “Mirantis comes out of the box with a highly available architecture from top-to-bottom where there’s no single point of failure in your cloud and all of the OpenStack services are highly available and scalable. And Red Hat does not have that in their distribution, you have to build that on your own, and it’s a must-have if you want to have mission-critical workloads on this.”

Some of the other updates in Mirantis OpenStack 5.0 includes the Murano application catalog for easy application and service deployment, point-and-click deployment of Sahara for elastic Hadoop deployments, and improved scalability for Ceilometer which helps provides monitoring and billing project.

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