Mirantis Joins OpenStack Foundation’s Airship to Bring Kubernetes to Telcos

Mirantis Joins OpenStack Foundation’s Airship to Bring Kubernetes to Telcos Image Credit: blackboard/Bigstockphotos.com

Mirantis announced that it is joining Airship, a project originally founded by AT&T, SKT and Intel and launched as a pilot Open Infrastructure Project under the OpenStack Foundation in May 2018.

One key use case for Airship is enabling telcos to take advantage of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support their SDN infrastructure builds.

Mirantis will collaborate with AT&T and other core contributors to develop critical features in support of the Airship community roadmap. This work will be rapidly deployed in production at scale via AT&T’s Airship, Kubernetes and OpenStack based Network Cloud infrastructure.

Mirantis will primarily focus on:

 - Integration between Drydock and Ironic to provision bare metal Kubernetes clusters.

 - Streamlining initial configuration experience of deploying Kubernetes-native services on premise, making it simpler for telcos to adopt.

 - Support for multiple operating systems, to broaden the choice of VNFs and minimize lock-in.

Airship takes advantage of Kubernetes to define a unified, declarative and cloud-native way for operators to manage containerized software delivery of cloud infrastructure services. At the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, AT&T shared its plans to roll Kubernetes on-premise based on Airship to underpin its 5G Network infrastructure.

Adrian Lonel, Co-Founder and CEO, Mirantis
Replacing VM-based infrastructure with cloud-native, open technologies based on containers and Kubernetes yields order-of-magnitude efficiency improvements for telco network environments and beyond. 

Ryan Van Wyk, AVP, Network Cloud Software Engineering, AT&T
As we roll out Network Cloud for 5G, our goal at AT&T is to run infrastructure based on open standards like Kubernetes and OpenStack. Mirantis has a long track record of contributing to open source and we are glad to have them collaborate with us on the Airship project.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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