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Piston Cloud Selected by AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 Winner

Company Behind First Cloud Operating System Built on OpenStack Recognized for Innovation (March 20, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/12 -- Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack company, today announced they have earned a spot on the AlwaysOn OnDemand Top 100 winners list. Inclusion in the OnDemand 100 signifies market leadership and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. Piston Cloud was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

"The last year has been a whirlwind for Piston Cloud. Taking Piston Enterprise OS from conception through development and now to general availability has been exciting, and it is an honor for the team to be recognized," said Joshua McKenty, CEO and co-founder of Piston Cloud. "Over the next year we look forward to working with the OpenStack Foundation to make OpenStack the world's leading cloud framework, and innovating on solutions that allow enterprise businesses to take advantage of this groundbreaking new technology."

Piston Enterprise OS™ is the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on the enterprise, delivering a security-hardened and highly-available cloud operating system built on OpenStack that installs in just under 10 minutes. Piston Cloud's innovative Null-Tier Architecture™ combines storage, compute and networking on every node to deliver massive scalability with unprecedented cost efficiency. Built to address enterprise regulatory requirements, Piston Enterprise OS also represents the industry's first implementation of CloudAudit, an open security standard for cloud and virtualized environments. Piston Enterprise OS is hardware vendor agnostic, ensuring users aren't locked in to a single proprietary architecture and that the system integrates seamlessly with products from companies like Intel, Dell, Silicon Mechanics and Arista Networks.

Piston Cloud and the OnDemand Top 100 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn's OnDemand event on April 4, 2012 at Hewlett-Packard's Executive Briefing Center in Cupertino, CA. A full list of all the OnDemand Top 100 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website at:

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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's technology is built on OpenStack, the fastest-growing, massively scalable open source cloud framework. The company's core product, Piston Enterprise OS™ (pentOS™) is the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, and is specifically focused on security and the easy operation of enterprise private cloud environments. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad, True Ventures and Divergent Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at or follow them on twitter at @pistoncloud.

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