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Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

December 04, 2013 12:00 ET

OpenStack Rallies Around New Mission, Investment in PaaS Explodes, Extreme Weather Drives Interest in Big Data Analytics and Dell Surprises Everyone

OpenStack Visionary and Piston CTO Offers Predictions for 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2013) - 2013 has been an incredible year for the IT industry with highlights including mainstream OpenStack™ adoption, unprecedented Platform as a Service (PaaS) participation and the Big Data explosion. But as another momentous year comes to a close, many are left to wonder what 2014 has in store for OpenStack and the larger cloud computing industry.

The following 2014 predictions are offered from Joshua McKenty, CTO and co-founder of Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack company.

2014 Cloud, OpenStack and IT Industry Predictions

1. Hoodies and blazers unite as the OpenStack community rallies around a new mission.
2013 marked the end of the 'common enemy' for OpenStack. We have won. Much like the Mongol Empire, without a new common goal, we risk OpenStack turning on itself and each other. In 2014, the OpenStack community must unify around a new mission -- "Every Server in the World," that will give us the foundation with which to build our future upon.

2. The PaaS market will explode.
The next round of PaaS startups will enter the market and acquisitions that mirror what happened with AppFog in 2013 will start taking shape in 2014. The investment community is going to follow the noise as a result of several big name customer win announcements, which will wake everyone up to the fact that this is what companies like Pivotal and Piston have been trying to accomplish all along.

3. Extreme weather will drive interest in cloud and Big Data analytics.
More devastating typhoons, tornados and hurricanes will refocus everyone's attention on atmospheric modeling as not just something that scientists care about.

4. Data privacy concerns will begin to drive individuals to personal cloud deployments.
The PRISM scandal will get worse before it gets better. The government will continue to refuse admission of any wrongdoing, but the true scope of its surveillance measures will prove to be far beyond what anyone realized. Currently known violations are just the tip of the iceberg. This, along with the explosion of personal data from wearable devices, connected cars and homes will force individuals to see a need for personal private clouds to ensure their most personal information is protected.

5. While no one was looking...Dell comes out in front.
In a surprise twist, the companies that thought they were in front find out that really Dell is in front because they are the only ones (along with Piston) solving the real problem of distributed system management.

6. The end of "fail fast," enter the year of "learn fast."
2014 will be the year of "learn fast," not "fail fast." The metaphor was stretched too far and ended up hurting users. Failing is not great for your users no matter how fast you move on, whereas learning is always beneficial. In 2014, businesses that are winning will be the ones that are learning.

These predictions are only the start to what we'll see next year in cloud, OpenStack, Big Data and the world at large. To track the predictions that didn't make the cut, or were deemed unfit to print, follow for Piston CTO Joshua McKenty's 14 predictions for 2014 kicking off December 5, 2013.

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About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., is the enterprise OpenStack™ company. Founded in early 2011 by technical team leads from NASA and Rackspace®, Piston makes software for global-scale private cloud, built on OpenStack, the fastest-growing, massively scalable cloud framework. Piston OpenStack™ is a fully automated bare-metal cloud software and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and easy operation of web-scale private clouds. Piston is based in San Francisco and funded by True Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Cisco Systems, Inc., Divergent Ventures, Data Collective and Swisscom Ventures. Visit Piston online at

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