The OpenStack ecosystem has been an interesting thing to watch over the last few years. When the open-source cloud operating system was first created (jointly, by Rackspace and NASA), it created a huge amount of excitement and venture funding. Indeed the number of companies that were started to build or deploy OpenStack distributions was legion — Nebula, PistonCloud, CloudScaling and others all scooped up venture funds to deliver on the massive promise that everyone assumed OpenStack would deliver.
Roll forward to today and the landscape is very different — those three vendors have all failed or been acquired in questionable deals by large vendors. Meanwhile, one company remains and has managed to navigate the churning seas that seem to surround the OpenStack ecosystem. Mirantis likes to call itself the “pure play” OpenStack vendor, as opposed to companies like EMC, HP and IBM that have OpenStack as part of a far larger product offering, All Mirantis does is related to OpenStack — it delivers software, services and training, all focused on helping enterprises deploy and use OpenStack.