Cloud Foundry has tapped Piston Cloud as the initial OpenStack distro to integrate with its PaaS. The goal of Cloud Foundry, which is an integral part of the Pivotal spin-off from EMC and VMware, is to be a IaaS-agnostic development and deployment platform and that will not change.
Piston (see disclosure) was selected first because it’s a small company that moves fast, according to Piston co-founder and CTO Joshua McKenty. “Why Piston? We’ve been a Cloud Foundry partner for a really long time, before the spin-out. We developed the component that supports running Cloud Foundry on OpenStack as well as VMware and we have a lot of joint customers with Cloud Foundry,” he said in an interview.
James Watters, who heads product marketing and ecosystem for Cloud Foundry, said the goal remains for the technology to run everywhere — it already runs on VMware vSphere, on OpenStack and Amazon Web Services – but the key is improving integration with those underlying cloud infrastructures over time. And it must make sure it keeps responding to the needs of the developer community.
“Pivotal is on the horse but we’re not the only one holding the reins,” Watters said. Other companies with OpenStack versions include Rackspace,, Nebula, Canonical, Red Hat and Cloudscaling.
Disclosure: Piston is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.