OpenStack vendor Mirantis has revamped its private cloud-as-a-service (PCaaS) platform, announcing this week the release of Mirantis OpenStack Express 2.0, which features Icehouse support and value-added cloud management tools.

Mirantis provides OpenStack Express as a way for enterprises to leverage the Mirantis OpenStack platform in a PCaaS setting, presenting an alternative way of deploying the company's "pure-play" OpenStack distribution. The new release of OpenStack Express adds a range of functionality, including:

  • Support for the OpenStack Icehouse release in "enterprise-ready" form. That means, according to Mirantis, that the company has "rigorously tested Icehouse, making 350 significant improvements spanning the Horizon interface, Heat service orchestration and auto-scaling, Neutron networking, block storage and nova-compute. The result is a sturdy, enterprise-ready cloud that enterprises can deploy with confidence and ease."
  • An application catalog called Murano, which centralizes and simplifies application deployment.
  • Preinstalled Ubuntu Linux images for rapid deployment.
  • A revamped user interface that the company calls "more intuitive, clean and organized."

Playing up its commitment to open source, "pure-play" cloud computing, Mirantis also promises OpenStack Express 2.0 "will remain as close to the OpenStack 'trunk' as possible, free of proprietary additions."

The new release, which Mirantis announced Sept. 11, is available now.