Mirantis Launches Free Hosted OpenStack Tier for New Cloud Developers

Mirantis releases Developer Edition of Mirantis OpenStack Express, offers starting point for new OpenStack cloud developers.

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Mirantis, a provider of OpenStack software, training and support, has released a new Developer Edition of Mirantis OpenStack Express, which offers a starting point for new OpenStack cloud developers.

According to the Thursday announcement, Mirantis is also offering a dozen new OpenStack tutorials for free.

Mirantis launched Mirantis OpenStack Express 2.0 in September, which provides an on-demand, hosted development environment for Mirantis OpenStack with developer support. It is used by RealStatus, Tata Consultancy Services, Avi Networks, and others for application development.

The Developer Edition of MOX is specifically design for solo developers and solution providers looking to try OpenStack, and is available at no cost for the first 12 months, then $39.99 per month thereafter. It includes an OpenStack tenant with four virtual CPUs, 4GB RAM, 100GB of storage, and two floating IP addresses, as well as access to OpenStack APIs.

Developers can stack on additional resources, starting with quotas of two vCPUs, 2GB RAM, and 50GB of storage at $19.99 per month.

MOX developer edition is significant in that it helps develop new cloud talent, given that it has been traditionally very difficult for individuals to learn cloud computing software not only because of the steep learning curve but also because of the costs involved.

When asked what alternatives options developers have had for get hands-on training with a cloud platform, Mirantis co-founder and CMO Boris Renski told the WHIR:

“A developer would either have to turn himself into a systems administrator for a day or so to download and install a mini OpenStack instance on premises (typically on a laptop) and then read through thousands of pages of upstream documentation.

“Another alternative is to spend $2,500 on a 3-day class, which can also be a tall order for somebody who just wants to try things out. With MOX developer edition and the tutorials we released, a developer can get his hands dirty with OpenStack in a matter of minutes.”

The new tutorials rolled out with the launch of MOX Developer Edition are based on Mirantis’ OpenStack training, and cover common use cases such as adding images, launching VMs, and using the Murano OpenStack application catalogue, which is available in the developer edition.

This article originally appeared at: http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/mirantis-launches-free-hosted-openstack-tier-new-cloud-developers

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