SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

September 04, 2012 09:00 ET

Piston Cloud Wins Best of VMworld 2012 Private Cloud Computing Gold Award

Free Airframe™ OpenStack Distribution With Cloud Foundry™ Integration Now Generally Available

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 4, 2012) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack™ company, today announced that the editors of TechTarget's™ have selected Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ as the Best of VMworld 2012 award winner in the Private Cloud Computing Technology category.

A team of independent judges comprising experts and editors from reviewed and evaluated over 200 products submitted for the awards. Products were judged according to innovation, value, performance, reliability, and ease of use. As noted by judges, Piston Enterprise OpenStack took gold "because it simplifies OpenStack implementations, which can be 'a bit of a science project' and basically provides an OpenStack cloud in a box."

The "in-a-box" metaphor notwithstanding, Piston Cloud Computing CEO and co-founder Joshua McKenty noted, "Piston Enterprise OpenStack is more correctly an OpenStack cloud on a stick. The software is distributed on a Piston CloudKey™, a USB flash drive that inserts directly into a top-of-rack switch or into a boot node server. It's a turn-key solution with hands-free scale-out that auto-detects and boots all the servers, deploying a production-ready private cloud in 10 minutes," he said.

Piston Enterprise OpenStack is software for building a private Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud. This complete cloud management platform delivers 100 percent of the core OpenStack services. It gives enterprise IT professionals an easier way to deliver resources while substantially reducing both CAPEX and OPEX in the datacenter. Piston Cloud's unique Moxie HA™ high availability framework seamlessly and dynamically allocates compute, storage and networking, ensuring IT services never go down and data is always secure. Hands-free scaling and upgrade capability allows you to increase capacity and upgrade services without downtime or reconfiguration. Every software license includes best-in-class 24/7 support, and a subscription update service for security updates.

"Not only are we honored to have received this award, but we're also excited because this week we announced the general availability of Airframe. Now people can try out a slimmed-down version of our award-winning Piston Enterprise OpenStack product for free," continued Joshua McKenty.

Piston Cloud Delivers Airframe™, OpenStack Made Easy
At VMworld Piston Cloud delivered Airframe, a slimmed-down version of its flagship product, publicly for the first time. With Airframe, business users now have an easy, comprehensive, and free way to evaluate and become comfortable with OpenStack in a pre-production environment. At its core, Airframe is the same technology powering Piston Enterprise OpenStack, which delivers virtual machines, block storage, scale-out object storage and virtualized networking through a self-service web portal and a set of open standard APIs. It is ideal for pilot deployments, proofs of concepts, lab environments, academia, or anyone that just wants to get their feet wet with OpenStack.

Airframe also comes bundled with Cloud Foundry™, the world's most popular open source Platform-as-a-Service, to deliver a truly turnkey application development cloud experience. Airframe is generally available today. For more information or to download Airframe for free, visit:

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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 fastest growing, massively scalable open cloud framework. Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ is the first fully automated bare-metal cloud management platform built on OpenStack and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and easy operation of enterprise private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad and True Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at

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