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Mirantis and Canonical Collaborate to Accelerate Enterprise OpenStack Cloud Adoption

Leading Open Cloud Solution Providers to Offer Fully Supported, Secure and Production Ready Platform for Private Cloud Built on OpenStack and Ubuntu

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/04/14 -- Mirantis and Canonical, leaders in cloud platforms, today announced a joint collaboration to offer private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu. The two companies will invest in continuously testing compatibility between Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu to ensure that the Mirantis OpenStack distribution works seamlessly with Ubuntu. The companies will collaborate to offer an OpenStack solution that is fully supported, secure and ready for production workloads.

"As the leading provider of scale out and open cloud solutions we are committed to interoperability and freedom from vendor lock-in," said John Zannos VP of Cloud Alliances at Canonical. "We support Ubuntu in the Ubuntu OpenStack distribution and, as part of this strategic relationship with Mirantis, will support Ubuntu in Mirantis OpenStack. This collaboration will further encourage adoption of OpenStack in the enterprise, and working together is a testament to our belief in interoperability and customer choice."

According to the most recent OpenStack Foundation global survey, Ubuntu is the most popular host and guest operating system for OpenStack, with 55% of all OpenStack instances running on Ubuntu.

"As OpenStack adoption moves from proof of concept trials and pilots into production, offering support for operating systems becomes critical," said Boris Renski, co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. "Ubuntu is the most popular Linux platform used in OpenStack and we expect this partnership to give Mirantis OpenStack customers additional confidence in production use cases."

Under terms of the deal, Mirantis will offer enterprise customers a commercial bundle that will include subscription to Mirantis OpenStack with support for Ubuntu host and guest instances. Mirantis and Canonical will integrate support operations to provide a consistent service level agreement and seamless support escalation path for customers.

The bundle will combine the flexibility and security advantages of the Mirantis OpenStack distribution with the proven reliability and scalability of Ubuntu. Customers will benefit from having another proven, supported OpenStack cloud solution.

About Canonical
Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of enterprise services for Ubuntu cloud deployments. Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists. With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held company.

About Mirantis
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, Symantec, Ericsson, Expedia, Samsung, NASA, NTT Docomo, Workday, PayPal and Red Hat. Mirantis is venture-backed by Intel, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, Ericsson and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit www.mirantis.com or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

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