OpenStack service provider Mirantis is collaborating with Google and Intel to improve Fuel, the purpose-built lifecycle management tool for OpenStack, and to make it work well with Kubernetes, the Google-created container orchestration engine.

The companies say that they will work with the OpenStack community to package OpenStack into Docker containers to be managed by Kubernetes.

A better stack

The software aims to give users fine grain control over the placement of services used for the OpenStack control plane, as well as the ability to do rolling updates of OpenStack. Mirantis says this will make the OpenStack control plane self-healing and more resilient.

“With the emergence of Docker as the standard container image format and Kubernetes as the standard for container orchestration, we are finally seeing continuity in how people approach operations of distributed applications,” said Mirantis CMO, Boris Renski. 

“Combining Kubernetes and Fuel will open OpenStack up to a new delivery model that allows faster consumption of updates, helping customers get to outcomes faster.”

Kubernetes co-founder and Google senior product manager Craig McLuckie added: “Leveraging Kubernetes in Fuel will turn OpenStack into a true microservice application, bridging the gap between legacy infrastructure software and the next generation of application development.

“Many enterprises will benefit from using containers and sophisticated cluster management as the foundation for resilient, highly scalable infrastructure.”

Mirantis previously worked with Intel and CoreOS on Stackanetes, with some of the work leading to this project.

– Fuel Community Project

Intel VP & GM, software defined infrastructure group, Jonathan Donaldson, said: “Combined open source leadership of Intel and Mirantis will be instrumental in bridging the OpenStack and Kubernetes communities. Our joint efforts will marry two complementary and powerful open source communities, making it simpler for enterprises to manage private clouds.”

Mirantis, Google and Intel will together discuss the collaboration at the OpenStack Days: Silicon Valley event on August 9-10 2016.