OpenStack specialist Mirantis has announced a partnership with Pivotal to support its version of the application platform on the Mirantis OpenStack distribution. The move comes just a month after Mirantis joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation.
Mirantis, which styles itself as the "pure play" OpenStack support and services firm, said that the partnership will make the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) fast and easy to consume for customers, making it simpler to get applications up and running in a production OpenStack environment.
Technical solutions marketing manager John Jainschigg said on the Mirantis blog that the combination of Mirantis OpenStack and Pivotal Cloud Foundry will support continuous integration and delivery, and power other critical PaaS situations such as DevOps.
"So great are the potential synergies that Mirantis has recently joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation with the goal of supporting the community and facilitating broader collaboration," he said.
Jainschigg explained that, while it is already possible to install Cloud Foundry on Mirantis OpenStack, Pivotal is soon expected to release version 1.5, which will have full support for OpenStack and is certified on Mirantis OpenStack. This will include a high-level installer for simpler, automated installation.
This will allow organisations to deploy a complete instance of Pivotal Cloud Foundry on OpenStack at the click of a button, and deploy other applications from the Murano OpenStack application catalogue directly onto running instances of Pivotal Cloud Foundry.
Mirantis is clearly making it easier for customers to deploy Cloud Foundry, but the firm said last month that it is not backing any one application platform for its OpenStack distribution.
"With so much going on in the PaaS market, Mirantis would rather stick to OpenStack, which is what we do best," said Mirantis co-founder Boris Rensk.
"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."
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