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Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel says the fact that it’s getting financing from Dell and Intel, along with WestSummit Capital, does not negate it’s ability to deliver vendor-agnostic OpenStack clouds.

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Updated: Mirantis, the systems integrator pushing vendor-agnostic OpenStack implementations, now has funding from two vendors. Dell, Intel Capital and WestSummit Capital are planning to announce Thursday that they are ponying up $10 million to help Mirantis build and deploy the best OpenStack clouds for a given company’s needs.

Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel

Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel

Adrian Ionel, CEO of Mirantis, insisted that involvement by Dell and Intel does not neuter the company’s vendor-agnostic pitch and that the investments comes after collaboration with both companies.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company already worked with Intel and Dell on OpenStack projects including Dell’s Crowbar cloud installer, as well as with Cisco on its OpenStack-based Webex implementation and sees no reason that it can’t work with other OpenStack backers going forward. Hewlett Packard, Red Hat, Nebula and other companies are all creating their own take on OpenStack clouds. Update: (Last week, a Dell exec  acknowledged to ITworld that the company was delaying its public OpenStack cloud till late this year.)

WestSummit, based in China, is also an important strategic backer.  “China and the Asia-Pacific region is huge on OpenStack  — and WestSummit can help us enter that market which, given the cultural peculiarities, is hard to penetrate without local connections,” Ionel said.

While Intel and WestSummit will get board seats, Dell will not. “We have a strategic relationship with them but nevertheless we remain vendor independent so we can work with the broadest ecosystem of partners,” Ionel said.

This is not a typical Series A round, he added. “We’ve had a good run doing things ourselves, we have 300 employees and 30 projects, but OpenStack has gotten too big for us to keep making meaningful progress without financing and strong strategic partnerships,” said Boris Rensky, Mirantis’ executive VP and co founder.

  1. I congratulate them on their fund raising.

    What I don’t understand is why didn’t Dell just go ahead and buy them? Dell needs to have its own OpenStack products I would think.

    I believe that you all recently wrote an article on Dell’s public cloud saying that they are delaying their OpenStack public cloud until late 2013 or more. I think that is starting to push it in terms of being too late to the party.

    It would seem that Dell could really use some OpenStack expertise to get their products off the ground. Dell has been on a tear buying up companies. I’m sure they could afford Mirantis and it seems they could benefit from it.

    1. i asked myself the same thing. It seems they’re trying a neat trick — accepting funding from vendors while proclaiming vendor neutrality. ANd yes you’re right Dell has delayed its OpenStack-based public cloud, something i should have mentioned here.

      thanks for your note.

    2. There are more interesting openstack startups in the ecosystem than Mirantis, which is mainly a services play. if Dell is going to make an acquisition in the openstack arena, it will be a product company.

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