Cisco Buys Piston Cloud Computing To Beef Up Intercloud

Tech giant Cisco is adding another cloud player to its treasure chest. The company announced plans to acquire Piston Cloud Computing to help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud services.

Piston Cloud Computing developed Piston CloudOS, an operating system that manages clusters of commodity servers in enterprise data centers as a single pool of highly-available resources. The resources may be shared by any service or framework, including OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark, Docker Swarm, and Mesos.

EUCloud computing has fundamentally altered the IT landscape: dramatically boosting IT agility, while lowering costs,EU said Hilton Romanski, head of Corporate Business Development at Cisco, upon announcing the acquisition. EUTo realize the business advantages of cloud, organizations are shifting to a hybrid IT model -- blending private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications.EU Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Metacloud Connection

InterCloud is a hybrid cloud solution that aims to lower the total cost of cloud services ownership for IT organizations and pave the way for interoperable and highly secure public, private and hybrid clouds. InterCloud supports hybrid clouds by allowing organizations to combine and move workloads -- including data and applications -- across different public or private clouds as needed, easily and securely, while maintaining associated network and security policies.

EUPaired with our recent acquisition of Metacloud, PistonEUs distributed systems engineering and OpenStack talent will further enhance our capabilities around cloud automation, availability, and scale,EU Romanski said. EUThe acquisition of Piston will complement our Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud.EU

Advancing Intercloud

We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his thoughts on the buy. He told us he liked this acquisition.

EUIt complements Metacloud nicely. Of course, when you think of CiscoEUs Intercloud vision itEUs about building clouds...

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