Mirantis is joining Airship, a project originally founded by AT&T, SKT and Intel and launched as a pilot Open Infrastructure Project under the OpenStack Foundation in May 2018.
One key use case for Airship is enabling telcos to take advantage of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support their SDN infrastructure builds.
At the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, AT&T has already shared its plans to roll Kubernetes on-premise based on Airship to underpin its 5G Network infrastructure.
Mirantis will collaborate with AT&T and other core contributors to develop critical features in support of the Airship community roadmap. This work will be rapidly deployed in production at scale via AT&T’s Airship, Kubernetes and OpenStack based Network Cloud infrastructure.
Mirantis will primarily focus on: Integration between Drydock and Ironic to provision bare metal Kubernetes clusters; Streamlining initial configuration experience of deploying Kubernetes-native services on premise, making it simpler for telcos to adopt; and Support for multiple operating systems, to broaden the choice of VNFs and minimize lock-in.
Adrian Ionel, Mirantis Co-Founder and CEO said, “Working so closely with AT&T in the Airship community will accelerate the delivery of the benefits of Kubernetes to the broad ecosystem of telecommunications providers.”
“As we roll out Network Cloud for 5G, our goal at AT&T is to run infrastructure based on open standards like Kubernetes and OpenStack,” said Ryan van Wyk, AVP — Network Cloud Software Engineering, AT&T.
Aside from contributing to Airship upstream and collaborating with AT&T on key roadmap features, Mirantis is integrating much of the code into Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP), Mirantis’s core product that empowers telcos and enterprises to efficiently run Kubernetes on-premises.
To date, Mirantis has helped more than 200 enterprises and service providers build and operate some of the largest open clouds in the world. Its customers include iconic brands such as Adobe, AT&T, Comcast, Reliance Jio, State Farm, STC, Vodafone, Volkswagen, and Wells Fargo.