Piston Cloud Computing
Company: Piston Cloud Computing
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.