Mirantis, an OpenStack systems integrator and early advocate of the open source project, recently joined Dell and Intel as founding members of the new OpenStack Foundation.

Today, the company is announcing that both tech heavyweights have invested $10 million in its business alongside China-based VC firm WestSummit Capital to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack clouds by service providers, SaaS vendors and enterprises.

Mirantis raised the money from Dell and Intel’s venture investment arms, marking the first outside financial backing it has received to date.

Dell is also one of its customers, alongside the likes of Cisco / WebEx, GE, PayPal, NASA, HP, AT&T and The Gap.

The company promises to “remain true to its focus of providing a vendor-neutral implementation of OpenStack, free of lock-in hooks or proprietary packaging”. Adrian Ionel, president and CEO of Mirantis, says:

“We believe that OpenStack is on its way to becoming a universal control plane for the entire application infrastructure fabric. This phenomenon is transforming the industry.”

Mirantis says it has provided its OpenStack expertise to customers in more than 30 deployment projects in the past 18 months.

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