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November 5, 2014

Huawei supports OpenStack collaboration

Agrees OpenStack community needs to work together amidst software vendor divergence.

By Ben Sullivan

Huawei has said that it supports different OpenStack software vendors working together, in order to leverage the platform to be successful, as varying customer requirements are so broad.

Ren Zhipeng, president of Huawei’s cloud division, told CBR that OpenStack is a powerful tool and should be customer centric and vendor agnostic.

Zhipeng said: "Interoperability between different vendors is very important. OpenStack is the way to make it simple.From our side, we think everybody in the OpenStack community should contribute. Customer requirements are very broad and have diverse. Customers don’t want to be locked in to a vendor. They want an open platform, open ecosystem. They want multi-vendor support."

The comments follow questions from CBR regarding the possible divergence of OpenStack vendors, with Red Hat earlier this year denouncing other commercial versions of OpenStack that use Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.

After Mirantis released its own version of the open source cloud platform OpenStack, Red Hat, which had been an initial funder of Mirantis, moved to acquire a Mirantis competitor, eNovance.

A recent funding round for Mirantis saw a veto from Red Hat, reinforcing Red Hat’s position of not supporting competitor OpenStack versions.

Mirantis CEO, Adrian Ionel, said: "Our mission is to move companies from an expensive, lock-in infrastructure to an open cloud that empowers developers and end-users at a fraction of the cost. Customers are seeing the value; we’ve gone from signing about $1 million in new business every month to $1 million every week.

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"People choose us because we have the best software and expertise for OpenStack, foster an open partner ecosystem, and are a major upstream contributor, influencing the technology’s direction."

The issue has caused ripples in the OpenStack space, as the platform is, by nature, designed to be open sourced and collaborative. Red Hat and Mirantis are still official partners.

It is Mirantis which provides Huawei with OpenStack products and services, alongside gaining an impressive looking portfolio of OpenStack users ranging from NASA to PayPal.


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