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Open sourcerer Mirantis taps up Intel for $100m worth of funding

Chipzilla backs OpenStack vendor as part of collaboration lunge

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Chipzilla Intel has led a funding injection of $100m (£64m) into open source cloudy operating system Mirantis, part of its move into the world of OpenStack.

The deal is apparently part of Intel’s recent announcement intended to create "tens of thousands of new clouds".

Mirantis has so far raised $220m, having previously drummed up $100m of funding in 2014.

Last month, the chipmaker announced its intention to create “scores” of collaborations and investments in software-defined infrastructure. It said it would collaborate with Rackspace on enterprise features and an OpenStack Innovation Centre.

Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said the biz intends to bring "open cloud infrastructure to the entire industry".

She said: “As enterprises embrace public, private and hybrid cloud strategies, they need choices in their infrastructure software.

"OpenStack is an ideal open solution for cloud-native applications and services, and our collaboration with Mirantis is well placed to ensure the delivery of critical new enterprise features helping to create of tens of thousands of clouds.”

Earlier this year, database giant Oracle also pledged its support for Murano, an open-source project started by Mirantis.

Other investors accompanying Intel Capital in the latest cash injection included investor Goldman Sachs, August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures) and WestSummit Capital. ®

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