mirantis OpenStack has been around the block, starting out as a startup, but a few years ago the company began adopting cloud-native development technologies like containers, microservices, and Kubernetes. Today, announced it Mirantis Flow is a fully managed open source set of services designed to help companies manage cloud-native data center environments, whether your infrastructure is on-premises or in the public cloud.
“We are all about giving customers an open source-based cloud-to-cloud experience in the data center, on the edge, and interoperable with public clouds,” explained Adrian Ionel, CEO and co-founder of Mirantis.
He points out that the world’s biggest companies, hyperscalers like Facebook, Netflix and Apple, have found a way to manage in a hybrid cloud-native world, but most companies lack the resources of these large organizations. Mirantis Flow aims to have the same types of capabilities that larger companies have within these more modest organizations.
While large infrastructure cloud vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are designed to help tackle this problem, Ionel says these tend to be less open and more proprietary. This can lead to lock-in, which today’s large organizations seem desperate to avoid.
“[The large infrastructure vendors] Will lock you into their stack and their API. They’re not based on open source standards or technology, so you’re locked into your single source, and most large enterprises today are following a multi-cloud strategy. They want flexibility in infrastructure,” he said. He further added, “The idea here is to provide a completely open and flexible zero lock-in option [big infrastructure providers, but with the] Same cloud experience and same pace of innovation.”
They do this by putting together a plethora of open source solutions in a single service. “We provide over-the-top virtualization as part of the same fabric. We also provide software-defined networking, software-defined storage and CI/CD technology with DevOps as a Service on top of this, which companies enables us to automate the entire software development pipeline,” he said.
As the company describes the service in a blog post Published today, it includes “Mirantis Container Cloud, Mirantis OpenStack and Mirantis Kubernetes Engine, all workloads available for migration to cloud native infrastructure, whether they are traditional virtual machine workloads or containerized workloads.”
For companies concerned about moving their VMware virtual machines to this solution, Ionel says they have been able to move these VMs to the Mirantis solution in early customers. “It’s a very simple conversion of a virtual machine from the VMware standard to the open standard, and there’s no reason why no application and no workload should run on this infrastructure – and we’ve seen this over and over again for a lot of customers.” So we do not see any impediment in getting people to proceed immediately,” he said.
It is important to note that this solution does not involve hardware. It’s about bringing your own hardware infrastructure, either physical or as a service, or using a Mirantis partner like Equinix. The service is now available for $15,000 per month or $180,000 annually, which includes: 1,000 core/vCPU licenses plus 20 virtual machine (VM) migration or application onboarding and unlimited 24× access to all products in the Mirantis software suite. Support for 7 support. The company does not charge any additional fees for the control aircraft and management software licenses.