10 Hot Emerging Vendors For September 2011

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Piston Cloud Computing

Company: Piston Cloud Computing

Tech Sector: Cloud Computing
Key Product: pentOS

The Lowdown: Piston Cloud Computing is an open-source cloud player that just came out of stealth mode this year and offered a glimpse at its pentOS "hands-free" cloud. The private cloud infrastructure makes it easy for users to configure and provision a private cloud and offers hooks that help tie together once disparate cloud systems. Basically, the cloud comes on a USB stick and is configured and deployed from there.

San Francisco-based Piston Cloud uses the Rackspace-led OpenStack open-source cloud and looks to address security, performance and lifecycle management of private cloud computing. The company has already brought in a whopping $4.5 million in funding and plans to soon bring systems integrators into its partner ecosystem.

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