As Mirantis is moving away from the \u2018pure-play OpenStack company\u2019\u00a0tagline, it\u2019s adding more managed services to its resume to take on players like RackSpace and AWS. Mirantis is now offering commercial support for\u00a0OpenContrail, an extremely popular software-defined networking (SDN) platform used with OpenStack.\n\n\nThere are three core components on any cloud: compute, storage and networking. Networking is becoming a very interesting field as companies like AT&T are betting big on OpenStack and\u00a0software-defined\u00a0networking to build their networks.\n\n\n\u201cSDN is no longer a disruptive innovation, but an integral, commodity part of any\u00a0large-scale\u00a0cloud environment. It needs to be supported and managed as a part of the stack, not as a stand alone software component,\u201d said Boris Renski, Mirantis\u00a0co-founder\u00a0and CMO.\n\n\n[ 5 reasons to automate your network ] \n\n\nWith this commercial support, Mirantis is addressing the demand for support and management of the networking stack. Last year Mirantis acquired TCP Cloud, and restructured the company into two distinct business units: one unit focused on services around cloud and the other on developing and shipping products.\n\n\nMirantis will use TCP Cloud\u2019s technology for continuous delivery of cloud infrastructure to manage the OpenContrail control plane, which will run in Docker containers. \u201cAs a part of the effort, Mirantis has also been actively contributing to the OpenContrail open source project,\u201d the company said in a press release.\n\n\n[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations ] \n\n\nIt\u2019s the right move at the right time. It\u2019s challenging to generate revenue from open source, commodity software as a product. Red Hat is doing great with their RHEL, but they also continue to expand their product portfolio that increasingly involves services. Mirantis is evolving with the changing market and moving towards a more sustainable business model: support and managed services.\n\n\nMore and more companies are adopting cloud and containers, but not all of them, especially those who are not IT companies, want to invest heavily in DevOps talent. They continue to look for providers like Mirantis that can offer managed services while giving them total control over their private cloud.