Among the carnage of OpenStack startups that have failed or been acquired, one vendor seems to be bucking the trend and achieving real scale. Mirantis, the self-styled “pure-play OpenStack company,” has gained funding, mind share and, most importantly, customers on a continual basis.

Mirantis has already helped build and deploy clouds for companies such as Cisco, Comcast, Ericsson, NASA and Samsung and they’ve now added to the list with the news of another customer – this time furthering their geographic footprint.

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) isn’t an area that first comes to mind when one thinks about technology adoption, but it has some interesting traits that make it worth watching – a huge (and growing population) and some companies (and countries) with significant oil revenues that can be put to use for big-ticket projects.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.