SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

October 05, 2011 08:30 ET

Piston Cloud Announces Silicon Mechanics as First Certified pentOS Hardware Vendor

Enterprise Customers Can Use Silicon Mechanics Hardware for Flexible, Scalable pentOS Private Clouds

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack™ company, today announced a partnership with Silicon Mechanics, a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing clusters. Silicon Mechanics is the first certified hardware to run Piston Enterprise OS™ (pentOS™), a new cloud operating system designed for ease of use, security and open enterprise private cloud environments.

"Piston Cloud's unique pentOS offering allows enterprises to easily configure a private cloud in minutes with the scalability, security and open platform that has not yet been available to enterprises before now," said Ken Hostetler, Director of Product Management at Silicon Mechanics. "Our hardware lets pentOS users evaluate and scale up compute and storage capacity, adding servers to match their needs."

The new pentOS is the first enterprise OpenStack cloud operating system specifically focused on ease of use, security and open standards for private clouds. Piston Cloud's patent-pending Null-Tier Architecture™ offers storage, compute and networking on every node for massive scalability, allowing users to take advantage of certified, commodity hardware, without the need for proprietary, expensive appliances.

"As we build our select partner program, we are pleased to certify Silicon Mechanics hardware for pentOS, a technology combination that delivers scalable performance, flexibility and security for the enterprise private cloud," said Christopher MacGown, CTO at Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. "Their premier hardware delivers the power and value our enterprise customers require for demanding, data intensive, and highly regulated environments."

Piston Cloud certifies hardware vendors to support pentOS, available as a per-server license with annual support subscription from the company. This custom cloud system configuration from Silicon Mechanics includes all cabling, power management, networking and servers required to deploy and operate a pentOS-powered private cloud. All systems are slated for immediate purchase and delivery at For more information on the pentOS certified hardware program or to become a certified partner, email

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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 Cloud is built around OpenStack, the world's fastest-growing, massively scalable open source cloud platform. Piston Enterprise OS™ (pentOS™) is the first enterprise OpenStack cloud operating system specifically focused on security and easy operation of private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad and True Ventures.

About Silicon Mechanics
Silicon Mechanics is a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing hardware with one of the most comprehensive product offerings available. We work collaboratively with customers to create best-fit solutions at competitive pricing. Our products are supported by the best warranty offerings available. Our unique website allows customers to easily configure hardware and evaluate the implications of their options. When you work with Silicon Mechanics, you get more than just state-of-the-art equipment. You get a team of experts dedicated to total customer satisfaction. Visit or call us at 866-352-1173 to custom-configure a system for your computing environment.

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