SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

October 22, 2014 12:02 ET

Piston to Exhibit and Present at the 2014 OpenStack Summit in Paris

Stop by Booth #E19 to Demo Piston's Turn-Key OpenStack Software

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. today announced details of its participation at the OpenStack® Summit in Paris. In addition to exhibiting in booth #E19, Piston team members and customers will participate in the following speaking sessions:

Tuesday, November 4
10:15 - 10:45 CET
Telco Keynote Panel
Location: Grand Amphithéâtre
Featuring: Dr. Marcus Brunner, Head of Standardization in the Strategy and Innovation Department of Swisscom
This panel discussion will cover broad topics about the challenges telcos are facing, the shift happening in the industry, and how OpenStack and NFV will play a role.

13:40 - 14:00 CET
From Zero to OpenStack in 15 minutes
Location: Marketplace Theater
Featuring: Shawn Madden of Piston
This demo will highlight some of the most interesting capabilities of Piston OpenStack™, including SDN and PaaS integration, and explain some of the underlying concepts behind Piston's turn-key software.

14:00 - 14:40 CET
Q & A Panel with Media and Analyst Covering OpenStack
Location: Salle Maillot
Moderated by Piston
Featuring: Sean Michael Kerner of eWeek, Frederic Lardonois of TechCrunch, Laurent Lachal of Ovum, René Büst of Crisp Research, and Al Sadowski of 451 Research
In this moderated panel, we'll hear from the professionals who cover OpenStack and learn what works and what doesn't when talking about OpenStack positioning and posturing. The panel will hold up a mirror to our communications efforts, providing direct and unvarnished feedback.

16:40 - 17:20 CET
The OpenStack Thunderdome
Location: Salle Passe
Moderated by Caroline McCrory of GigaOm Research
Featuring: Christopher MacGown of Piston, Jesse Proudman of Blue Box, Randy Bias of Cloudscaling, Alex Freedland of Mirantis, and Chris Kemp of Nebula
In this session, panelists will argue their cases for the roles that distros, appliances, managed services, PCaaS, public cloud, consulting/training/DIY, and the Foundation have to play in leveraging OpenStack's meteoric rise to prominence into the dominant cloud-building platform it seems destined to become. Keeping all these opinions in check and guiding the table-pounding and voice-raising to something constructive will be Caroline McCrory of GigaOm Research. Bring your opinions but check your assumptions at the door, and enter the room with an open mind. This crew is ready to inform, challenge, and surprise the audience with tweet-worthy observations and actionable ideas that we can use to propel OpenStack to world domination.

Wednesday, November 5
13:50 - 14:30 CET
Upgrading in Place from Grizzly to Icehouse: A Cautionary Tale
Location: Room 252 AB
Featuring: Forrest Carpenter of Piston
For Piston's most recent major product release, the company decided to change the base of Piston OpenStack from Grizzly to Icehouse. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course! In this session, Forrest Carpenter will walk attendees through the gory details -- most of them not anticipated -- during a sweeping change to the underpinnings of Piston's product. What were the unknown unknowns, when should we have known about them, and how did the Piston engineers tackle them? Which components caused the most headaches, and how those were eventually solved, may surprise you.

13:50 - 14:30 CET 
Building an ROI on your OpenStack investment - Proof that you're optimizing IT Spend!
Location: Room 242 AB
Moderated by Ryan Floyd of Storm Ventures
Featuring: Jim Morrisroe of Piston and Marten Mickos of Hewlett-Packard
What's it like to enter into the cloud fray with OpenStack? In this session, attendees will listen to the angles that startups and established companies are taking to enter domestic and international markets using OpenStack cloud technology, and how they proved ROI.

Additional Resources

This year's OpenStack Summit will include speakers, panels, and end user sessions for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack. For more information or to register for the OpenStack Summit in Paris, please visit

About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. 
Founded in 2011, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. makes software that automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on x86 commodity servers. Customers 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

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