SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

September 10, 2014 08:00 ET

Piston Delivers Secure 'Management Free' Private Cloud Software

New Release of Company's Turn-Key OpenStack® Software Adds More Security and Flexibility

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2014) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. today announced a new release of Piston OpenStack™, a software product that automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on x86 servers. Companies building web, mobile, and big data applications use Piston's secure and cost-effective Amazon Web Services (AWS)-like capabilities to bring new products to market faster. By managing a group of servers as a single pool of elastic and scalable computing resources, Piston OpenStack improves datacenter efficiency thereby accelerating the application development process.

In conjunction with today's product news, the company also introduced a simple-to-use Piston OpenStack TCO calculator that estimates the total cost of ownership of a Piston private cloud and allows customers to compare it to their AWS bill.

"For businesses in need of a scalable software development environment, Piston OpenStack provides the same ease of use and developer-centric features as AWS without the high price tag or security concerns," said Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston. "If your AWS bill has gone off the rails or public cloud isn't a fit for your business' regulated environment, then Piston OpenStack is for you. Unlike traditional on-premise solutions, Piston OpenStack is so easy to deploy and manage that your complete app dev environment can be built in a single day and virtually no ongoing operations support is required."

As customers like Swisscom, Intelemage, Radio Free Asia, Solidify, and Zymergen have discovered, Piston OpenStack frees software development teams from operations management, giving them more time to build product and to focus on writing code rather than managing operations.

Piston OpenStack 3.5: Better Security. Lower TCO.
Delivering compute, storage, networking, and management through self-service interfaces and APIs, Piston OpenStack software includes a hyper-converged hardware architecture, a highly-secure stateless Micro-OS, and advanced cluster management.

Piston OpenStack provides elastic scaling of resources and fault tolerance out-of-the-box, keeping infrastructure running by automatically rebalancing resources and restarting tasks that have failed. This delivers businesses an on-premise private cloud environment that requires little to no IT operations. Built on the OpenStack Icehouse release, new features of Piston OpenStack 3.5 include:

  • Support for Icehouse. Customers can now leverage the latest OpenStack Icehouse APIs and enhancements, fixes, and performance updates for Nova, Swift, Cinder, Glance, Neutron, Keystone, and Horizon.
  • First commercial OpenStack software to support Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT). This feature provides a hardware-based root-of-trust to ensure that a platform boots with a known-good configuration of firmware, BIOS, virtual machine monitor, and operating system. Customers in highly regulated or secure environments can now ensure their physical and virtual resources are protected against attacks.
  • Additional options for rolling upgrades. Piston's zero-downtime update service now supports both online and near-line upgrades, for customers in regulated industries.
  • Better cluster data insight. Greater visibility into each node's storage profile enables customers to scale resources incrementally, as needed, saving them money.

Piston OpenStack TCO Calculator
The light-weight TCO calculator enables decision makers to input different values based on their estimated private cloud requirements and preferred hardware vendors. The result is a projection of the total cost of a Piston OpenStack private cloud, amortized monthly. The online tool also includes an option for users to then compare this estimated cost to their monthly AWS bill. The TCO calculator is free and can be found online at http://pistoncloud.com/tco-calculator/. For a more in-depth TCO analysis, please contact sales@pistoncloud.com.

Customer and Partner Quotes
"When we set out to make synthetic biology relevant to industry, we knew we needed an agile app dev environment that could scale with our rate of innovation. After evaluating several solutions, we selected Piston because their OpenStack-based private cloud software was easy to use, secure, scalable, and automated. We were able to deploy Piston OpenStack quickly and today it serves as the foundation for our big data application development."
-Aaron Kimball, CTO, Zymergen

"People are often surprised when I tell them we are developing our Automated Security Platform on an internal OpenStack cloud. Those who have tried know the technical hurdles of rolling your own OpenStack. For Solidify, this is where Piston OpenStack has made all the difference. In one short afternoon, we had our code migrated and our own internal cluster up and running, all at a price previously thought out of reach. Piston believes in doing the hard, boring things very well, leaving our team time to focus on building our PaaS and SaaS offerings, not on running our cluster."
-My-Kell Davis, CEO and Co-Founder, Solidify Security

"Companies building applications in the cloud, especially those in highly regulated industries, need assurance that their private cloud environment is protected against attack. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology, or Intel® TXT establishes the trust of server hardware, BIOS, and hypervisor, protecting customer workloads and data and assisting in IT compliance. Integration of Intel® TXT to Piston OpenStack brings this level of trust to an OpenStack environment."
-Jonathan Donaldson, General Manager of Software Defined Infrastructure, Intel Corporation

Availability and Pricing
Piston OpenStack 3.5 is available now, and may be downloaded free for 60 days at http://pistoncloud.com/start. After the 60-day free trial period, Piston OpenStack is available through an annual software subscription license, which includes a zero-downtime update service and access to 24×7×365 customer support.

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About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the OpenStack® orchestration company. Founded in 2011, Piston makes software that automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on x86 servers. Customers like Swisscom, Intelemage, Radio Free Asia, Solidify, and Zymergen use Piston's secure and cost-effective AWS-like capabilities to bring new products to market faster. By managing a group of servers as a single pool of elastic and scalable computing resources, Piston OpenStack improves datacenter efficiency thereby accelerating the application development process. As an OpenStack Foundation Gold Member, Piston drives the OpenStack project forward via code contributions and thought leadership. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and funded by True Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Swisscom Ventures, Cisco Systems, Inc., Data Collective, and Divergent Ventures. Visit Piston online at pistoncloud.com.

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