Mirantis Launches Virtual Appliance for Building Kubernetes-Based Edge Clouds
by Justin Hughes
SUNNYVALE, CA — Mirantis has released the Mirantis Cloud Platform Edge, known as MCP Edge. This platform will offer operators a complete software solution designed for Edge cloud use cases. MCP Edge delivers low footprint, low latency and high throughput Edge infrastructure that is based on open standards and can be centrally managed. The software product integrates Kubernetes, OpenStack. Mirantis’ flexible infrastructure manager, DriveTrain, empowers operators to deploy a combination of container, VM and bare metal points of presence connected by a unified management plane.
“Edge footprints need to support a wide diversity of application use cases. Service providers are still in learning mode — gearing up for Edge computing with the advent of new technologies like 5G, IOT and autonomous driving,” said Adrian Ionel, Chief Executive Officer of Mirantis. “Infrastructure agility at the Edge will enable businesses to adapt and roll out new use cases quickly, with minimal cost.”
A demo version of MCP Edge is available for download on Mirantis’ website as a virtual appliance. The downloadable version makes it possible for service providers to deploy a Kubernetes-based, 6-node Edge POP capable of running containers and VMs. An MCP Edge demo can be deployed on a single server or public cloud instance. Running mixed workloads is possible through the use of Virtlet, an open source container run-time interface pioneered by Mirantis and developed by the Kubernetes community.
Over the last 5 years, the world’s top service providers have adopted Mirantis’ products as their cloud infrastructure, including AT&T, Telstra, Vodafone, Reliance, STC, Cox Communications, NTT and more. Mirantis has been working in close partnership with its telco customers for over two years to develop the optimal architecture for MCP Edge.
Mirantis is the flexible infrastructure company harnessing open source to free application owners from operations concerns. The company employs a unique build-operate-transfer approach to deliver two distinct products:
- Mirantis Cloud Platform, which is based on Kubernetes and OpenStack and helps services providers and enterprises run highly tunable private clouds powered by infrastructure-as-code and based on open standards.
- Mirantis Application Platform, which is based on Spinnaker and helps enterprises adopt cloud native continuous delivery to realize cloud ROI at scale.
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 Adobe, AT&T, Comcast, Reliance Jio, State Farm, STC, Vodafone, Volkswagen, and Wells Fargo.