First, the guts of the announcement: Mirantis, the bad boys of the OpenStack world, are today announcing a collaboration with Google (a company that has pretty much zero history with OpenStack) and Intel. Under the intent of the collaboration, the life cycle management tool for OpenStack, Fuel, will be rewritten so that it uses Kubernetes as its underlying orchestration.
Lots of inside baseball there, so what are all these different products?
OpenStack is the open source cloud computing operating system that was jointly created by Rackspace and NASA and has since built a massive following of companies (including IBM, HPE, Intel and many, many others). Kubernetes is the open source orchestration platform loosely descended from the tools that Google uses internally to operate its own data centers. Fuel, as stated previously, was (is) the OpenStack-native life cycle management tool for OpenStack.
So what does it all mean? Well, it’s actually far more important than first appearances would suggest. It marks, at least to some extent, an admission by all concerned that OpenStack isn’t the be-all and end-all of the infrastructure world.