Mirantis Unlocks OpenStack Appliances with Quanta and Supermicro

by Sean Michael Kerner

The company's Unlocked Appliances effort expands with two partners who are bringing new OpenStack-optimized hardware to market.

While the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is software-based, like all software, at the bottom layer it requires hardware to run on.

OpenStack vendor Mirantis first announced its Unlocked Appliances initiative in July 2015 as an effort to collaborate with hardware vendors on building OpenStack cloud appliances, and it's been growing the program ever since.

Mirantis today is announcing the expansion of the Unlocked Appliances program to include Quanta and MirantisSupermicro.

The new QCT QxStack Mirantis Unlocked Appliance for Cloud Native Applications includes a QuantaGrid D51B-1U server with dual Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 CPUs and 384GB of memory.

The entire system can scale up to 43 compute nodes inside of a dual-rack appliance. Storage is provided via a QuantaGrid D51B-2U server that includes 4x Intel 200GB SSDs and is running Ceph for distributed software-defined storage.

On the networking front, the Quanta appliance uses a pair of QuantaMesh T3048-LY8 switches with 48 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The entire appliance runs Mirantis OpenStack on top of an Ubuntu 14.04 Linux operating system.

"The Quanta systems in the QCT QxStack appliance will be branded QCT, which is the cloud division of Quanta and the branding they use for such solutions," Jim Sangster, Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing at Mirantis, told ServerWatch.

The Supermicro Unlocked Appliance includes a SuperServer 2028TP quad-node 2U platform, with each node including dual Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 CPUs and 384GB of memory. Supermicro is also using Intel SSDs running Ceph for storage, though for networking Supermicro is including a pair of Arista 7050SX-72 switches.

The fact that Supermicro is using different networking hardware than Quanta doesn't matter from an OpenStack perspective, according to Sangster. That said, Sangster explained that for Mirantis Unlocked Appliances, specific designs are architected, including network wiring and settings.

"This represents a standardized build for each and every appliance, regardless of what Certified Rack Partner is doing the delivery," Sangster told ServerWatch. "Then we are certifying each appliance after installation."

From a go-to-market perspective, Mirantis Unlocked Appliances are sold by Certified Rack Partners (CRP). Redapt was Mirantis' first CRP announced in the third quarter of 2015, and FusionStorm announced its participation in fourth quarter.

"Other future announcements about CRPs are in progress, and this is not including the other part of the ecosystem of future appliances with technology partners," Sangster said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Apr 19th 2016
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