The worlds of OpenStack and containers are colliding

One of the largest backers of OpenStack – Mirantis – is reconstructing its distribution of the open source cloud computing platform to make it run in containers, marking a potentially massive shift for the project.

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Mirantis today announced a partnership with Google in which the two companies will develop integrations between OpenStack and Google’s container management platform named Kubernetes, which is also an open source project. The end goal will be that OpenStack will be able to run atop Kubernetes, encapsulated in a series of application containers. Doing so will make it easier for end users to update OpenStack to newer versions, and it gives users the freedom to run OpenStack anywhere Kubernetes is supported, says Mirantis Chief Marketing Officer Boris Renski.

“OpenStack has always had a problem of being difficult to operate and install,” says Wikibon analyst Brian Gracely. It led to people asking the question: What if you treat OpenStack like an app that runs in a container on a container management platform? It’s a theory that CoreOS’s founder Alex Polvi suggested at the most recent OpenStack Summit in Austin.