Piston Joins Newly Established OpenStack® Foundation as Gold Member

Piston Staff  /  Sep 19, 2012  / 

CEO Joshua McKenty To Serve on Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 19, 2012 – Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack® company, in conjunction with today’s launch of the independent OpenStack Foundation, announced that they will participate in the foundation as a Gold Member. The company’s co-founder and CEO Joshua McKenty will serve as a member of the board of directors, chair of the asset committee and member of finance and compensation committees. The Piston Cloud team, along with fellow foundation members, will contribute both financial and technical resources to OpenStack and continue to drive adoption and development forward.

The goal of the OpenStack Foundation is to serve developers, users and the entire ecosystem by providing a set of shared resources to grow the footprint of public and private OpenStack clouds, enable technology vendors targeting the platform and assist developers in producing the best cloud software in the industry.

“Over the last two years the OpenStack community has grown at a pace none of us could have predicted when we started the project at NASA and Rackspace. And today the excitement surrounding OpenStack is greater than ever before,” said Joshua McKenty, co-founder and CEO of Piston Cloud. “Several members of the Piston Cloud team have been involved with the OpenStack project since day one and we look forward to working with the foundation to fulfill the OpenStack mission of becoming the ubiquitous cloud computing platform.”

OpenStack Fast Facts

  • The OpenStack Foundation currently has over 5,600 individual members from 88 countries across six continents.
  • The 5,600 members represent more than 850 different organizations, ranging from major technology companies to enterprises, universities and startups.
  • OpenStack has secured more than $10 million in committed funding as of September 2012 through member dues and corporate sponsorships.
  • OpenStack software has been downloaded more than 300,000 times from the central code repositories, not counting the various distributions.
  • It has more than 550,000 lines of code, written mostly in Python.
  • More than 573 developers have contributed to OpenStack since its inception, with 464 contributing in the last 12 months.
  • Local community leaders have established more than 38 global user groups.
  • There have been more than 1.1M visitors to OpenStack.org.

About OpenStack

OpenStack is open source software for building clouds. Created to drive industry standards, end cloud lock-in and speed cloud adoption, OpenStack is a common, open platform for both public and private clouds with the support of over 180 industry leading companies, more than 5,000 global project participants and nearly 300,000 downloads. The open source cloud operating system enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs on standard hardware at massive scale. For more information and to join the community, visit www.OpenStack.org.

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 is built around OpenStack, the fastest growing, massively scalable open cloud framework. Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ is the first fully automated bare-metal cloud management platform built on OpenStack and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and easy operation of enterprise private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad and True Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at http://www.pistoncloud.com.

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