Cisco is either dipping another tentative toe in the open cloud business, or about to Borg a potential competitor, announcing that it wants to buy cloud operating system company Piston Cloud Technologies.
Piston's OpenStack expertise will now be wrapped into the warm embrace of Cisco's Cloud Services operation, the group charged with building its global Intercloud network of clouds.
The acquisition brings no mean cloud to the Borg: Piston was founded by Joshua McKenty, lead architect of the NASA cloud platform that was spun out to create the soon-to-be-acquired company.
Piston lays claim to offering the first commercial OpenStack version, and focuses on automated deployment, security, and interoperability with other OpenStack public clouds.
Blogging about the acquisition here, Cisco's Hilton Romanski says the acquisition will “accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services”.
The current version of Piston's CloudOS supports OpenStack, Apache Spark and Hadoop, and if development continues as planned it will add Docker Swarm, Apache Mesos and Kubernetes in future releases.
Piston counts Swisscom and Qualcomm among its customers. Within the Borg, the company's team will report to senior veep of cloud infrastructure and managed services Fayaz Shahpurwala. ®