Mirantis unveils DIY open cloud service

News Rene Millman Dec 11, 2012

Firms will be able to create their own cloud implementations based on OpenStack thanks to new service

Cloud consultancy Mirantis has launched a new service that will allow organisations to build their own cloud based on OpenStack.

The firm outlined a number of support options that would enable customers to launch test of full-scale deployments of clouds using the open source cloud technology.

The DIY Assist service is aimed at business units within large companies wishing to try out OpenStack, according to Mirantis co-founder Boris Renski.

“We are seeing that the majority of OpenStack adopters today are looking to build an OpenStack cloud themselves. However, most still need some level of assistance on best practices in order to accelerate their efforts and ensure that projects are done correctly the first time,” Renski said.

“DIY Assist provides this extra boost to help companies achieve their cloud computing goals efficiently.”

DIY Assist for OpenStack incorporates services such as development of company-specific OpenStack reference architectures (hardware architecture and logical deployment architecture of OpenStack components), developer training, and short-term deployment support. It is available in three options – Lite, Basic, and Pro – so that companies can select the package that provides the level of assistance they require.

Alan Clark, chairman of the OpenStack Foundation, said that the new offering is designed to expand adoption of OpenStack technology.

“Mirantis has been a very strong supporter of OpenStack. In addition to helping individual companies develop capabilities to deploy OpenStack Cloud, Mirantis has created programs that help the community grow,” said Clark.

The company said that it has helped deliver more than 30 OpenStack deployments for companies including The Gap, PayPal, Internap, Webex, Internap and NASA.

Adrian Ionel, chief executive of Mirantis said that the company is sharing "accumulated expertise with a broad group of early adopters in a manner that will help them create advanced OpenStack capabilities within their companies and fast-track their OpenStack deployments.”

The company is also running training programmes to expand the pool of skilled engineering talent with expertise in using and developing for OpenStack.