Discussing the new 2.0 release, Joshua McKenty, co-founder & CTO of Piston Cloud states:
Virtual machines can be highly available, stored on durable, replicated shared storage, or they can take advantage of ephemeral, high-speed local disk. AWS API support is greatly improved, so bringing a few of your favorite (or most costly to host) applications in-house is a snap. And we've broadened our hardware compatibility list and expanded our trial licensing options, making it likely that you can complete a successful Enterprise OpenStack pilot using the hardware you've already got on-hand.
Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 delivers a built-in shared storage solution, out of the box, using Ceph, an open source filesystem and storage framework now backed by commercial startup Inktank.
Piston also includes support for Virtual Memory Streaming (VMS), a commercial extension to the KVM open source hypervisor that allows live migration of KVM virtual machines. The VMS software also does memory oversubscription, which provides the ability to assign even more virtual machines to a physical server than what might have been otherwise allowed. And it can provide instant cloning of running VMs and boot them up in less than a second, according to McKenty.
McKenty also stated that Enterprise OpenStack is compatible with the entire software-defined networking (SDN) vendor ecosystem. Though SDN is in its infancy, companies like Cisco, HP, and Juniper are producing routers and switches that are capable of supporting SDN protocols such as OpenFlow. It also automates the configuration and management of a "best practices network configuration."
With this release, the company has automated provisioning and management with Piston Cloud's high-availability technology, MoxieHA. According to the company, users can easily perform security updates, apply complete system updates, or rebalance virtual machines without system or VM downtime.
As another differentiator from the competition, Piston claims its Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 is certified to run on a number of x86 hardware platforms, including Cisco Systems UCS C Series rack servers, Dell PowerEdge R710, R720, and C6220 servers, HP ProLiant DL360 and DL380 servers, the IBM System x3650 rack server, and commodity x86 Supermicro servers.
While the company continues its journey to see its vision through, it is not without heavy competition among other software providers also looking to provide companies with a way to build their own private cloud operations within the corporate firewall. Other vendors hoping to take away market share from Amazon (and each other) include folks like VMware, which recently announced a public cloud option of its own; Nebula, another startup coming out of NASA; and the Apache Software Foundation's CloudStack, with former owner Citrix as a major backer of the project.
Currently in open beta and available for free for 90 days. Piston Cloud also provides training and professional services to support enterprise-level integration for custom authentication, audit and compliance, or monitoring solutions.