Mirantis is taking its first step into hardware with the launch of purpose-built OpenStack appliances based on the company's own distribution of the open source cloud software. Nebula, founded by one of the co-creators of OpenStack tried the same thing and failed. But Mirantis has a shot at making it work.
OpenStack co-founder and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp appears to have bounced back quickly from the failure of Nebula, his attempt to commercialize an OpenStack appliance. According to a Fortune article, Kemp is now advising startups, including Scalr, Nixie and Planet Labs.
Be wary of being too early to a market. As we reported last week, OpenStack pureplay vendor Nebula, which went to market with a hardware solution built on the open source project, shut its doors on April 1, with a note left on the website indicating the company simply didn't have the resources to wait for the market to emerge.
Enterprise mobility has long played an important role for organizations' execution of business processes--from the salesforce delivering presentations on their iPads to warehouse staff using mobile devices to take inventory. But mobile also has the potential to drive the business decisions behind those services, said panelists speaking at the NIST Intersection of Cloud and Mobility Conference.