Advanced Systems Intelligence

Piston OpenStack is a software product that uses advanced systems intelligence to orchestrate an entire private cloud environment using commodity hardware. Starting with an extremely lightweight custom Linux OS called Iocane Micro-OS™, and using an advanced high-availability system called Moxie Runtime Environment™, Piston keeps your cloud running no matter what – through hardware failure, operator error, upgrades, and power outages.

Piston OpenStack makes it possible for a single system administrator to manage an entire datacenter, and can be seamlessly scaled, globally, up or down. It can even orchestrate an upgrade of itself without any downtime. We know it’s really important for our customers to be able to deliver amazing uptime. We’re not positive that Piston OpenStack would survive a nuclear event – but we’d give it even odds.

Hyper-Converged Architecture

Piston clouds use a hyper-converged architecture that we call Null-Tier™. This means that we deliver compute, storage, networking, and management from every single server. When we started doing this at NASA back in 2008, people thought we were a little crazy. They said it was too simple to scale. But it turns out that radical simplicity is the only thing that ever does.

The Best Way to Run OpenStack®

Of course, you probably don’t care about any of this under-the-hood stuff. All you care about is using OpenStack. And that’s awesome, because Piston makes deploying and managing OpenStack ridiculously easy, and delivers 100% of the core OpenStack services and APIs without modification. Just like you, we don’t believe in vendor lock-in. Piston also supports the Amazon Web Services (AWS) APIs, making it easy to deploy and migrate your applications.

Flexibility and Freedom

Piston OpenStack can be deployed on your choice of commodity hardware from almost any major x86 vendor, and scaled to tens of thousands of physical servers across dozens of data centers. By providing virtualized compute, storage, networking, and management through elegant and intuitive self-service interfaces and APIs, Piston OpenStack frees developers to focus on building applications rather than managing cloud infrastructure.

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Piston OpenStack Datasheet

Get the full technical specifications for Piston OpenStack 3.0, and learn more about it's features and capabilities.

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Piston OpenStack Primer

Learn more about the technical features and capabilities of Piston OpenStack 3.0, including integrated best-of-breed virtualized storage, production-grade hypervisors, and software-defined networking.


Turn-key Cloud

Piston delivers all the software you need for a private IaaS cloud: operating system, hypervisor, software-defined storage, and SDN management. Eliminate the hassle of testing and certification, and focus on your apps.

Enterprise Ready

Capture the innovation of the OpenStack® community without putting your neck on the line. Piston OpenStack is a secure, tested, supported, and proven distribution of OpenStack built for enterprise.

True Cloud Savings

No matter which hardware vendor you choose, Piston helps you deliver amazing density and efficiency – which translates directly into cost savings.


Schedule a Demo

Have more questions? Schedule a demo with a Piston Solutions Engineer. We can help you evaluate every aspect of your project, from ROI to SLA, and determine if Piston OpenStack is the right fit.

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Go Under the Hood

Learn about the technical features and capabilities of Piston OpenStack 3.0, including integrated best-of-breed virtualized storage, production-grade hypervisors, and software-defined networking.

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A Breadth of Solutions

Learn how Piston OpenStack solutions have helped our customers achieve higher ROI on their IT investments and accelerated time-to-value for enterprise development teams.

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