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Thanks to Piston, OpenStack gets an unlikely ally in VMware

Piston Computing plans to integrate VMware’s (s vmw) Cloud Foundry into Piston’s own OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Cloud Foundry is a popular open-source platform as a service (PaaS) which is being pushed by VMware as a PaaS for any infrastructure. Piston (see disclosure) is one of several companies banking that OpenStack, with a number of other backers including Hewlett-Packard (s hpq), Dell (s dell), Rackspace(s rax) and others, will provide a counterweight to Amazon Web (s amzn) Services in the IaaS public cloud arena.

Interestingly, many of those same ecosystem partners also view OpenStack as a hedge against VMware, which is trying to become the virtualization technology of choice in the cloud, just as it’s the de facto standard inside most company data centers.

According to Piston, the Piston OpenStack/Cloud Foundry integration will:

take advantage of Cloud Foundry BOSH, an open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and life cycle management of very large scale instances of Cloud Foundry. The Piston Cloud development team will work closely with the VMware Cloud Foundry engineering team on this integrated OpenStack and Cloud Foundry community project over time.

There is more information on Github and here about the Piston-Cloud Foundry project, which Piston is positioning as an effort to bring “the world’s most popular open source IaaS and PaaS together.” Both Cloud Foundry and Piston’s OpenStack are available under the Apache2 license.

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.

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4 Responses to “Thanks to Piston, OpenStack gets an unlikely ally in VMware”

  1. I agree with Keith, the open competition in this field is great. I for one have used Amazon’s EC2 and I think they use OpenStack and it seems to work just as well or better than VMWare.

  2. I’m happy to see vendor competing in this space and offering unique solutions. I was worried for sometime that the barrier of entry had become too high with AWS’ position. But I guess when you have deep pocketed investors like OM what’s a few million here or there?

    • Cloud Sam

      Well, I may be wrong, but… since Piston has yet to beta test or release their product, has no customers, and has not contributed even one half o 1% to the OpenStack codebase, they have little reason to boast a production-ready implementation of the “world’s most popular IaaS”. Reading this article, one might confuse Piston for a validated, enterprise grade solution.

      I guess sharing an investor with the publisher does have its benefits.

      • Good catch Cloud Sam. I thought I heard of most of the production ready players. I had it on my tickle list to check them out. But to your point that’s one of the advantages of sites like GigaOM. I’m not against the GigaOM model at all. They have highlighted some start ups not invested by Om but you have to be aware of their purpose.