SOURCE: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.

April 10, 2012 08:30 ET

Radio Free Asia Deploys Enterprise OpenStack Solution From Piston Cloud

Delivers Technology Freedom for Global Non-Profit Dedicated to Free Press Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 10, 2012) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack company, today announced Radio Free Asia, a private non-profit corporation broadcasting news and information in nine languages to listeners in Asia, has deployed Piston Enterprise OS (pentOS™) to quickly build and deploy private clouds in remote locations under time, staffing and freedom constraints.

In its 16th year, Radio Free Asia is a unique organization with a mission to provide accurate and timely news and information to Asian countries where governments prohibit access to a free press. This presents unique challenges, both technically and politically, when deploying technology infrastructure to share and analyze what is sometimes sensitive data on a global scale.

"Piston Cloud and OpenStack have filled a huge gap and truly revolutionized the way we manage remote sites and data centers, providing a new level of connectivity that allows us to share and analyze data quickly and easily on a global scale, regardless of hardware vendor or location," said Libby Liu, President of Radio Free Asia. "Radio Free Asia faces tough challenges in technology implementation and ongoing maintenance. We needed a flexible, scalable solution to support information sharing on a global scale, and support our own commitment to freedom -- freedom of information, as well as technology freedom from vendor lock-in and we found that in Piston Cloud."

Many of Radio Free Asia's centers are either minimally staffed, or unstaffed. Having a product that can be installed quickly and easily allows a travelling datacenter administrator to get clouds up and running in remote locations under time constraints. Combating the real threat of confiscation of physical nodes by government or other outside agents requires data-at-rest encryption, the encryption of non-moving data stored on those nodes.

"The free flow of information in a global community is taken for granted, making open source and OpenStack a fitting choice for the cause," said Joshua McKenty, CEO and co-founder of Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. "We add the installation ease of use, speed and security on top of OpenStack, and the freedom to choose hardware, helping RFA to implement technology on a global scale, without restriction. While Radio Free Asia breaks down the political barriers that block the freedom of information, OpenStack will help to break down the technological barriers."

Piston Enterprise OS is the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private clouds. Piston Cloud's innovative Null-Tier Architecture™ combines storage, compute and networking on every node to deliver massive scalability with unprecedented cost efficiency.

Designed to address regulatory requirements, Piston Enterprise OS also represents the industry's first implementation of CloudAudit, an open security standard for cloud and virtualized environments. Piston Enterprise OS is hardware vendor agnostic, ensuring users aren't locked in to a single proprietary architecture and that the system integrates seamlessly.

About Radio Free Asia
RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information in nine native Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media. The purpose of RFA is to provide a forum for a variety of opinions and voices from within these Asian countries. The RFA web site adds a global dimension to this objective. Email

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's technology is built on OpenStack, the fastest-growing, massively scalable open source cloud framework. The company's core product, Piston Enterprise OS™ (pentOS™) is the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, and is specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private cloud environments. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad, True Ventures and Divergent Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at or follow them on twitter at @pistoncloud.

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