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Mirantis Selected by Vodafone

Mirantis, the managed open cloud company, today announced that it has been selected to deliver managed OpenStack, based on Mirantis Cloud Platform, as part of Vodafone's network virtualisation program.

Mirantis will be part of Vodafone Ocean, a framework for developing, testing and deploying Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies which are open, multi-vendor and managed end-to-end.

"Mirantis was selected for its technology, innovation and leadership in the OpenStack community and its ability to work with different vendors, engineers and operations teams to deliver OpenStack-based VIM. An open and multi-vendor cloud infrastructure is key for delivering better, faster and smarter services to our customers," said David Amzallag, head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV, Vodafone Group. "We look forward to working closely with Mirantis as part of our Vodafone Ocean activities.''

Mirantis Managed OpenStack, which will be at the heart of Vodafone Ocean deployments, departs from the traditional software-centric method that revolves around licensing and support subscriptions. Instead, Mirantis is pioneering an operations-centric approach, where open infrastructure is continuously delivered with operations service level agreements (SLAs) owned by either Mirantis or the customer. Now, software updates no longer happen once every 6-12 months, but are introduced in minor increments on a weekly basis and with no down time.

"Vodafone has ambitious goals for its network, and our operations team is excited to support its private cloud efforts," said Alex Freedland, Mirantis CEO. "With Mirantis Managed OpenStack, Vodafone and their customers will have access to the most recent cloud innovations, without having the downtime associated with upgrades."

"If you're only defining cloud computing as the big three hyperscale providers, you're missing the big moves happening at the edge of the network," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director, OpenStack Foundation. "AT&T alone is already supporting customers with OpenStack in nearly 100 data centers, alongside carriers like Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom. In terms of sheer footprint, OpenStack is the most widely distributed cloud infrastructure for virtualized networks, and the Vodafone deal is the most recent example."

Mirantis also announced it has signed a global procurement agreement to deliver managed open cloud for Vodafone Cloudstore, with the first implementation already underway.

"We rigorously tested Mirantis products and skills through proof of concept and pilot projects and the excellent quality of service led us to choose Mirantis for our Milan datacentre," said Pablo Jejcic, head of Cloud and Infrastructure, Vodafone Group.

The Mirantis cloud will be accessible through Vodafone's cloud marketplace, CloudStore.

Published Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:11 PM by David Marshall
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