OpenStack has been on a tear recently, and is unquestionably the cloud computing platform that grabs the most headlines. However, not everyone realizes that there is heated competition on the OpenStack scene to win over telecommunications companies. Back in May, I covered the news that huge telecom player Telefonica announced that it will work with Red Hat and Intel to create a virtual infrastructure management (VIM) platform based on open source software running on Intel-based servers. Telefonica’s Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Reference Lab will be targeted to help partners and developers build telecom-grade infrastructure, and will leverage OpenStack.
Now, Mirantis has announced that strong growth in the first half of 2014 saw the company become the largest provider of OpenStack products and services for the telecommunications industry.