BUDGETS ARE SHIFTING TOWARD A “CLOUD-FIRST” AND “CLOUD-ONLY APPROACH


Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

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Pinup: Piston – Makes Creating Servers Easy

Piston Cloud Computing Makes Creating and Managing Private Cloud Servers Easy with OpenStack 3.0 

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What is OpenStack?

OpenStack is a project that shares a free, open source cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), written in the Python coding language. This project was initiated by Rackspace Hosting and NASA in July 2010. Big name tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Go Daddy and Yahoo! have all contributed processing, storage and networking resources to the OpenStack community.

Who is Piston Cloud Computing?

In 2011, Piston was formed by some of the original creators of the OpenStack project. Their objective is to further the growth of the OpenStack project, while also providing a software product that uses advanced systems intelligence to make managing IT infrastructure as simple as possible.

What Does Piston OpenStack 3.0 Offer Businesses?

OpenStack 3.0 is a turn-key piece of software, providing all the software a business needs to set up its own private cloud server, with a focus on making cloud server management easy for businesses. This software solution is built on the lightweight Linux Iocane Micro-OS, and also uses the high-availability capabilities of Moxie Runtime Environment. These two elements work together to ensure your private cloud is insulated and protected from events such as hardware failures, operator errors and power outages.

OpenStack is one of the hottest trends in cloud computing today, and OpenStack 3.0 offers business the easiest way to take advantage of the project. The interface is intuitive enough, complete with tabbed pages, big font and easy to read graphs, all polished with some vivid flashes of red and green and rounded off window edges for a finely-tuned, modern look. Some of the more technologically challenged users out there may want to register for an introductory course in operating Piston OverStack in order to fully understand how they can build a private cloud that will meet their business’s needs.

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Another key feature of OpenStack 3.0 is its scalability. Piston uses its trademarked Null-Tier architecture, which is hyper-converged and provides storage, networking and management from every last server. This is a technique some of the founders of Piston used when they were working at NASA in 2008.

Piston Co-founder and  CTO Josh McKenty has made some bold statements regarding their product; in his February 2014 interview with Forbes, McKenty claimed that OpenStack 3.0 is the “last OpenStack you’ll ever try”. With its many advanced features and unparalleled ease of use, OpenStack 3.0 certainly does raise the standards of what will be expected of future OpenStack products.

By Adam Ritchie

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