Mirantis and Ericsson in One of the Largest OpenStack Software Deals in History
Ericsson Working With Mirantis to Create a Carrier-Grade OpenStack
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/14 -- Mirantis, the
number one pure-play OpenStack vendor, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), a
world leader in communications technology and services, entered into
an initial five-year partnership to deploy Mirantis carrier-grade
OpenStack software in the Ericsson cloud software platform used for
telecommunications networks, internal data centers and cloud
computing services that Ericsson will offer its customers.
The deal, believed to be the largest OpenStack software engagement to
date, represents a dramatic shift in the telecommunications industry
as Ericsson pioneers a cloud approach to its global networking
infrastructure. Ericsson today connects more than 2.5 billion
subscribers globally and Ericsson networks carry more than 40 percent
of the world's mobile traffic. Ericsson's cloud transformation covers
telecom, IT and public cloud. The adoption of carrier-grade Mirantis
OpenStack software for Ericsson's cloud platform promises to reduce
the number of hardware platforms in the network, reducing power
consumption, slashing operating expenses by creating more flexibility
to scale up, scale down, and dramatically reduce time to market to
deliver new services.
"We're looking forward to closely and actively working with Mirantis
on the areas that our operators care most about: performance,
resiliency, fault tolerance and security. We believe that the joint
effort between our companies will help advance and enhance the
production quality of OpenStack," said Dr. Jason Hoffman, Product
Line Head for the Ericsson Cloud Systems and Platforms.
Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source
software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of
the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx,
Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat, Sprint and
"Our partnership with Ericsson demonstrates the extraordinary
innovation possible with OpenStack and is a major milestone in
proving the readiness of OpenStack to meet the uptime, reliability
and performance requirements of the most demanding use cases," said
Adrian Ionel, CEO of Mirantis. "At Mirantis, we've dedicated enormous
engineering resources to bring OpenStack up to carrier grade
standards and Ericsson is really taking a leadership role in
innovating for its customers around open standards and cloud
Cloud-based services provide an opportunity for network operators to
add value and improve the timeliness and quality with which they
deliver enterprise services and applications -- whether through more
efficient telecom and internal IT services or value-added cloud
services for consumers and enterprises. Cloud-based services will
also allow operators to ensure rapid service creation and rollout by
delivering new levels of flexibility, scalability and responsiveness.
This will help satisfy growing user expectations for new innovative
services with high QoE, while handling ever-increasing traffic loads.
The result will be an improved experience for consumers, with greater
efficiency, lower costs and higher margins for operators.
In addition to using Mirantis OpenStack for carrier-grade
deployments, the Ericsson Global Services organization will deploy
and integrate Mirantis OpenStack for the IT operation of mobile
operators and service providers. This helps operators rationalize
their IT infrastructure by delivering enterprise-grade cloud services
to their users based on an open, widely supported standard. To
support this initiative, Mirantis will also provide training, design
and architecture assistance to Ericsson Global Services.
Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack
company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and
support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis
than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack
at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open
source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy
some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco
WebEx, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat,
Sprint and Verizon. Mirantis is venture-backed by Dell, Intel, Red
Hat, SAP and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit
www.mirantis.com or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.
Yotam Levy for Mirantis
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