Parallels and Mirantis Partnership Helps Service Providers Deliver on OpenStack

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Virtualization and automation software provider Parallels is integrating Mirantis OpenStack into its service provider platform Parallels Automation, allowing web hosting and cloud service providers to easily use the Mirantis OpenStack distribution for their offerings.

“Our core focus is that Parallels Automation is a cloud services delivery platform, and it is the orchestration layer to manage services, so we’re continuing to work with Mirantis to make it easy to create an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering,” said Parallels CMO John Zanni an interview with the WHIR.

This adds crucial functionality for those wanting to use OpenStack as the basis of their offerings by providing a set of tools to provision and re-provision virtual machines, scaling up and down, and provide metering and billing. These are some of the components, Zanni said, “that wouldn’t be available if you just picked up the distribution.”

Parallels Automation is already used by hundreds of service providers worldwide, enabling them to deploy a wide range of cloud services, professional services and support capabilities. This week, Ingram Micro announced it will deploy Parallels Automation as the core service delivery platform for its new Cloud Marketplace.

The partnership between Parallels and Mirantis, also entails Mirantis, which is a major contributor to OpenStack’s core code, attempting to bring “high-density containers to the compute layer of the OpenStack architecture,” according to Zanni. Parallels’ container-based model of virtualization helps software run efficiently on servers. For instance, Mirantis OpenStack is using Parallels’ Application Packaging Standard 2 for integration with Parallels Automation.

As part of Parallels’ attempts to add cloud options for its users, it recently announced Windows Azure Pack APS Pack integration which allows service providers to offer Windows Azure services based on their own infrastructure.

Zanni said the possibility of adding more cloud platforms and OpenStack distributions remains open, but the company is focusing, for the time being, on ensuring that Parallels users have an excellent experience with Mirantis OpenStack

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