Mirantis is the latest firm to partner with Intel to drive enterprise adoption of the OpenStack cloud computing framework.
The deal will provide technical collaboration and a new wave of funding for Mirantis, which provides an OpenStack distribution alongside services and support for customers.
The latest move is intended to accelerate the enterprise-grade maturity of OpenStack via a technology partnership with Intel, while Mirantis will also benefit from a $100m round of investment led by Intel Capital that also brings on board Goldman Sachs as an investor for the first time, the firm said.
"With Intel as our partner, we'll show the world that open design, open development and open licensing is the future of cloud infrastructure software. Mirantis' goal is to make OpenStack the best way to deliver cloud software, surpassing any proprietary solutions," said Mirantis president and co-founder Alex Freedland.
Specifically, the two firms will address problems around performance at scale, storage, network integration and support for big data analytics in OpenStack.
Intel is becoming increasingly involved with OpenStack, announcing a partnership with Rackspace in July to create the OpenStack Innovation Centre and bring together engineers from both firms to focus on improving the scalability, manageability and reliability of the OpenStack code.
That move and today's announcement are both part of the Cloud for All initiative announced by Intel in July. Meanwhile, at the OpenStack Summit in May, Intel disclosed various contributions it is making to OpenStack, including improving the security of containerised applications in the cloud using the VT-x extensions in its processors.
Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, explained that the investment in Mirantis is another step in bringing open cloud infrastructure to the entire industry.
"As enterprises embrace public, private and hybrid cloud strategies, they need choices in their infrastructure software. OpenStack is an ideal open solution for cloud-native applications and services, and our collaboration with Mirantis is well placed to ensure the delivery of critical new enterprise features helping to create tens of thousands of clouds, she said.
Mirantis styles itself as the "pure play" OpenStack company, as its distribution is not integrated with a build of Linux, as is the case with many other firms in the OpenStack ecosystem.
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