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Mirantis Announces New Partnership Program to Grow the OpenStack Training Community in Europe and the Middle East

New Partnerships Will Allow Local Partners to Offer the World's Leading OpenStack Curriculum to Professionals in a Wide Variety of Regions and Languages

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/14 -- Mirantis, the number one pure-play OpenStack Company, today announced a new training partnership program to make the OpenStack training experience as rewarding and convenient as possible by expanding the delivery of OpenStack training courses worldwide, while maintaining the proven quality and rigor of the Mirantis curriculum.

"Combining our training expertise together with our partners opens new doors for all interested in OpenStack to easily get access to the vendor agnostic OpenStack training they need where they need it, at a price that is affordable," said Lee Xie, Head of Training, Mirantis. "All companies interested in becoming our training partners need to complete a rigorous train-the-trainer program and certification to ensure the highest quality of OpenStack training is delivered to students."

The Mirantis authorized partnership program certifies qualified organizations to deliver Mirantis training courses. The program covers various areas of collaboration, from promotion, branding and partner certification to curriculum details and course pricing. In order to comply with the partnership requirements, companies interested in becoming authorized training partners are required to complete extensive training, including successful completion of the Mirantis public bootcamp. Mirantis provides all the necessary resources, guidance and support to assist potential partners in the certification process.

As of March 31, Mirantis has announced authorized partnership agreements with three leading providers of open cloud training in Europe and the Middle East: StackMasters (Greece), Linux Polska (Poland), qSTC (Slovenia), Amazicsoft (The Netherlands) and CREATE-NET (Italy). The selection process was based on several factors including the partner's training and business experience and their proven expertise in open source and cloud technologies.

StackMasters delivers end-to-end integration services to implement turn-key enterprise-class clouds (IaaS) for its customers based on OpenStack technology and helps organizations to become fully cloud-enabled businesses via professional services and skills-transfer.

"At StackMasters we are committed to providing the support customers need in order to quickly and confidently deploy OpenStack clouds," said Thanassis Parathyras, Co-founder & CTO at StackMasters. "By undergoing Mirantis training certification, customers know that our staff have undergone the most rigorous OpenStack training program available and have experience deploying the widest possible variety of operating systems, hypervisors and storage back-ends."

Linux Polska is an expert in supplying, implementing and supporting open source solutions for the enterprise. The company's mission is to lower customer's IT costs with the best of breed open source software supported by an experienced team of technical professionals.

"Linux Polska has a long success story in facilitating our customers with deployment of open source solutions, which are secure, flexible and help cut overhead costs," said Dariusz Świąder, founder and CEO of Linux Polska. "We're glad to become certified OpenStack training partner by Mirantis as this makes us able to help customers deploy OpenStack clouds in the most robust method possible -- by teaching their own staff to deploy and manage OpenStack clouds internally."

qSTC has conducted training for more than 6,000 IT specialists from over 20 countries in its lecture rooms in several locations over a geographically wide area covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"qSTC offers our international customer base the highest-quality training in a wide variety of enterprise infrastructure IT technologies," said Tanja Papler, training coordinator at qSTC. "Since 1997 qSTC has trained over 5,000 IT professionals in 20 countries. Now, by working with and being certified by Mirantis, the largest provider of OpenStack training on the planet, we are able to offer our customers OpenStack training at the same level of quality they have come to expect from the existing programs we have delivered for the past 15 years."

CREATE-NET is a unique international center in which some of Europe's finest researchers are brought together in a dynamic environment in order to engage in innovative projects. The top-notch research team focuses on converting talent and human capital into patents and startups to help increase Europe's high-tech competitiveness.

"CREATE-NET is committed to innovation transfer in cloud computing technologies based on the deployment of open source solutions. OpenStack is the future of open clouds," said Luigi Telesca COO of CREATE-NET. "Becoming a certified OpenStack training partner by Mirantis will open up new opportunities and allow us to deliver robust open cloud solutions to customers and researchers."

Amazicsoft is an international business development agency, founded in 2009. They focus on business development for IT vendors in the Benelux region, France and North Africa. Amazicsoft is helping technology companies launch new products or services, find new customers and partners and create sales, revenue, profitability and brand-customer connections.

"Amazicsoft's collaboration with Mirantis and the OpenStack ecosystem is another step towards providing clients in all industry verticals, from government to financial services, with the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and security they demand for cloud computing. Our customers are adopting exponentially larger workloads and increasingly need services to be delivered quickly, and on a daily basis," said Mohamed Yassini, General Manager at Amazicsoft. "The growing support for Mirantis' OpenStack strategy and vision will help organizations accelerate their cloud computing initiatives by providing them with trusted partners and open technologies that have been proven ready for the largest workloads."

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the number one pure-play OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as AT&T, Cisco WebEx, Cloudera, Comcast, Dell, The Gap, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Red Hat, Sprint and Verizon. Mirantis is venture-backed by Intel, Dell, Red Hat and WestSummit Capital. For more information, visit www.mirantis.com or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.

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