OpenStack specialist Mirantis has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation in a move being slated as furthering open standards in the maturing cloud industry, as Mirantis looks to support customers topping off their cloud computing stack with a developer layer for building out applications and services.
Mirantis styles itself as the "pure-play" OpenStack company, offering a straight build of the open source cloud computing framework that is not integrated with proprietary technology. Other vendors offer an OpenStack build that is designed to operate with their existing products, such as VMware, which runs OpenStack atop vSphere.
But OpenStack only represents part of the overall cloud stack, and organisations also need a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) layer for development and operation of applications and services.
By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Mirantis is tacitly giving its backing to Cloud Foundry, which has been gaining in popularity and is backed by many other cloud vendors, including IBM for its BlueMix platform and HP with its Helion portfolio. By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Mirantis should also be able to influence the direction of the platform.
However, the firm was at pains to point out that it is not creating a Mirantis Cloud Foundry distribution, but is instead aiming to keep the options open for its customers to choose whichever PaaS layer suits their requirements the best.
"We believe that OpenStack serves the market best by supporting the most popular PaaS solutions and giving enterprise customers maximum choice, rather than prescribing a specific PaaS," said Mirantis co-founder and chairman Alex Freedland.
Writing on the Mirantis blog, another co-founder Boris Renski explained that the PaaS ecosystem is undergoing something of a shakeout, with technologies such as Docker containers and Kubernetes jostling for developer attention, and so the firm was not pinning its colours to any specific develop platform at present.
"With so much going on in the PaaS market, at Mirantis we would rather stick to OpenStack, which is what we do best. Again, our customers should be able to choose Cloud Foundry, Docker, OpenShift, Kubernetes, or some other PaaS player - our mission is to make sure it works best on OpenStack. Joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation is an important step in that direction," he said.
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