SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

June 19, 2013 09:05 ET

Piston Cloud and Cumulus Networks Power the Software-Defined Datacenter

New Cumulus Linux Operating System for Datacenter Networking Certified to Run Piston Enterprise OpenStack

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2013) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack™ company, today announced a technology partnership with Cumulus Networks™. Cumulus Linux™ was introduced today as the first true, full-featured Linux operating system for datacenter networking, and validated to run Piston Enterprise OpenStack™, a turnkey, bare-metal cloud operating system for deploying and managing a private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud environment. Piston Cloud and Cumulus Networks deliver innovation in cloud infrastructure and networking to help businesses realize the full potential of the software-defined datacenter.

"We share an open approach to the virtual datacenter," said Joshua McKenty, co-founder and CTO of Piston Cloud. "Cumulus Networks and Piston Cloud were founded on the fundamental belief that specialized software can run on a wide range of hardware to avoid vendor lock-in, decrease complexity, increase agility and reduce cost. By transforming the economics of infrastructure and networking, Cumulus Networks and Piston Cloud are removing the barriers to enterprise clouds, and making the software-defined datacenter a reality."  

Today, DevOps teams are challenged to move toward the software-defined datacenter, without taking on massive new complexities around integration and management. Piston Cloud delivers turn-key cloud software, making it easy for DevOps teams to deploy and manage an OpenStack private cloud. Customers who deploy Piston Enterprise OpenStack with Cumulus Linux gain benefits around automation and management for both networking and infrastructure, freeing them to focus on new innovation at the application level.

Piston Enterprise OpenStack is compatible with the entire SDN vendor ecosystem and automates the configuration and management of a best practices network configuration, including traffic shaping and L2 segregation. To get started with a 90-day free trial of Piston Enterprise OpenStack, visit

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About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks is bringing the Linux revolution to networking. Founded by veteran networking engineers from Cisco and VMware, Cumulus Networks makes the first Linux operating system for networking hardware and fills a critical gap in realizing the true promise of the software-defined datacenter. Just as Linux completely transformed the economics and innovation on the server side of the datacenter, Cumulus Linux will do the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern datacenter networks for service providers and enterprises. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more information visit or follow @cumulusnetworks.

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

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