Release: Piston CloudOS 4.0

On April 6, Californian Piston Cloud Computing announced the newest release of  its operating system for data center Piston CloudOS 4.0. The main highlights of this version are the ability to deploy Hadoop and Spark on bare metal and the planned support also for container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, Mesos and Docker Swarm.

Piston Cloud, founded in January 2011 by former NASA and Rackspace leaders, joined OpenStack Foundation as a gold member in September 2012. Since the start of the company four years ago, as Piston Co-Founder and CTO Christopher MacGown mentions on the company blog, they have been working with the OpenStack community to improve the overall experience of OpenStack and CloudOS 4.0 has been developed at scale and in production by companies such as Swisscom, USDA, Zulily, and King Digital Entertainment.

Highlights of Piston CloudOS 4.0 include:

  • Piston CloudOS enables push-button deployment of services such as Hadoop, Spark and OpenStack with upcoming rollouts of additional big data components and container orchestration solutions including Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker Swarm, MongoDB and Cassandra.
  • Piston CloudOS allows customers to seamlessly reallocate resources to multiple frameworks and services across the data center, on the fly, and ensure optimization of their infrastructure.
  • Piston CloudOS allows customers to monitor, adjust, scale, and optimize the cluster—giving unprecedented visibility into data center resources.

Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud Computing, said:

For the last four years, Piston has developed a platform that makes OpenStack deployment and operation extremely fast and easy. Now customers can use this platform, called CloudOS, to deploy other frameworks and orchestration tools as highly-available services, all on the same infrastructure, our vision is to make deploying the services that developers need as simple as downloading an app to your smartphone.