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January 19, 2012

Piston Cloud Announces Availability of pentOS OpenStack-Based Cloud Operating System

With an objective to provide an easy, secure and open cloud operating system for managing enterprise private cloud environments, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. has announced the availability of its cloud operating system (OS) based on OpenStack, Piston Enterprise OS (pentOS).

According to Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., its new Piston Enterprise OS – or pentOS - is a complete, end-to-end solution for building a private OpenStack compute and storage cloud. The OS integrates all of the features of OpenStack with a hardened and secure custom-built Linux operating system.

OpenStack is an open source project with an objective to provide solutions for all types of clouds. It is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.

Incorporating a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution, the OpenStack was initiated to enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware.

Currently, many corporations, service providers, VARS, SMBs, researchers, and global data centers have been leveraging the OpenStack to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private or public clouds. In addition, all of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license.

Available immediately the company’s website for a price of $3,500 per server, the new pentOS is the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private clouds.

In addition, the pentOS is hardware vendor agnostic. This ensures that users are not locked in to a single proprietary architecture and that the system integrates seamlessly with products from companies like Intel, Dell (News - Alert) and Arista. With the help of new Piston Enterprise OS, a developer can build a fully functional, secure private cloud with all of the features of OpenStack in very less time using off-the-shelf hardware.

Capable of automatically detecting and integrating new hardware into the cloud, the pentOS leverages the Piston Cloud’s Null-Tier Architecture that is designed to power massive cloud environments.

Furthermore, the pentOS leverages Piston CloudKey, which eliminates employee interaction with unsecured servers and potential tampering during configuration. It is the industry's first enterprise implementation of CloudAudit too.

"As we continue to see security lag in the public cloud environment, it is clear that private cloud is really the only option for organizations dealing with large volumes of regulated data," said Joshua McKenty, CEO and co-founder of Piston Cloud, in a statement.

In related news, Joyent – a cloud company – had introduced an open cloud operating system to develop a cloud computing ecosystem where applications can safely and easily be moved.

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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