OpenStack business Mirantis, grew its subscription business by 4x in 2015 with record sales, hires a new UK MD and aims to invest in upstream innovation in 2016.
Mirantis had a great 2015 with the company announcing a strategic technology and investment collaboration with Intel as part of a $100 million capital injection and making partnerships with EMC, Pivotal, CoreOS, NetApp, and others, and an NFV initiative that spurred integrations with Citrix, Metaswitch, Overture Networks, and Palo Alto Networks.
Mirantis has recently opened a new office in Berlin, Germany, in addition to existing branches in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Grenoble, France; Poznan, Poland; Moscow and Saratov, Russia; and Lviv and Kharkiv, Ukraine. These offices allow Mirantis to capitalise on the fast-growing interest in vendor-agnostic OpenStack environments in Europe, and to further enhance support for European partners and customers.
“Europe is a key focus for Mirantis as it grows its global footprint. We have already seen terrific telecom and enterprise sales growth, and plan to significantly increase our footprint in this region in 2016,” said Mirantis’ CEO, Alex Freedland.
Mirantis has also announced it’s hired David Ogden, as EMEA Managing Director; Ogden has more than 20 years’ experience in the software industry, most recently with NICE Systems. In the US Mirantis also expanded its executive team with several key hires including COO, Jim Dvorkin (previously at Five9, a cloud-based call centre business), CFO, Rik Thorbecke a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and CFO of number of startups such as Meltwater and Plastic Logic and EVP/GM, Enterprise Cloud Business Unit, Chris Keene who joins from BMC, where he ran the $220 million cloud and automation group. Previously, he sold his open source software PaaS company, WaveMaker, to VMware and then led the $400 million spinout of Big Fast Data as the Pivotal initiative.
While 2015 was successful, Freedland has even bigger plans for 2016. “We aim to make Mirantis OpenStack the best OpenStack platform for developing and running cloud applications, and our growing leadership team is critical to this success. We will invest in innovation upstream, building our technology partner programs, and solving key customer needs in OpenStack such as ease of operation.”