Piston Cloud is following up the launch of its OpenStack training courses and the securing of $8 million in funding for OpenStack distribution with the next major release of its Enterprise OpenStack IaaS offering.

Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 was designed to be a turnkey, bare-metal cloud operating system for deploying and managing a private IaaS cloud, and with this new release, Piston is specifically targeting Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Web Services (AWS) customers. The company is calling on organizations to end their "dependency" on AWS. With its successes lately, Piston seems to be riding high and is willing to take on the top dog in the cloud computing space with its enterprise-grade OpenStack offering.

"Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 is perfect for enterprise dev ops teams and AWS customers that want to reduce operating costs and dependencies with a private cloud solution, while maintaining the agility and scalable performance of a true cloud architecture," said Jim Morrisoe, Piston Cloud CEO, in a prepared statement.

The 2.0 version includes a few new features, including:

  • Ceph-based out-of-the-box storage delivered as a virtual SAN using direct-attached drives off the same servers providing the capacity for the virtual machines. Version 2.0 supports pass-through mode to enable users to use existing infrastructure with more traditional RAID-based Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA equipment.
  • The ability to spin up virtual machines instantly. The solution's Virtual Memory Streaming (VMS) is a commercial extension to KVM that "provides true live migration and power multi-server memory oversubscription." It gives users a cloning feature so they can launch and run additional virtual machines in less than a second.
  • Software-defined networking compatability. It also automates the configuration and management of a "best practices network configuration."
  • Automated provisioning and management with Piston Cloud's high-availability technology, MoxieHA. According to the vendor, users can easily perform security updates, apply complete system updates or re-balance virtual machines (VMs) without system or VM downtime.
  • Easy configuration management. According to Piston Cloud, the automation system is modeled after those used by Amazon, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). Dubbed CloudBoot, it's a system orchestration framework capable of detecting and provisioning hardware using an intelligent platform management interface.

"Piston Enterprise OpenStack is a system for managing your servers like cattle—you number them, and when they get sick and you have to shoot them in the head, the herd can keep moving. It takes a family of three to care for a single puppy, but a few cowboys can drive tens of thousands of cows over great distances, all while drinking whiskey," said Joshua McKenty, CTO and co-founder of Piston Cloud, in a prepared statement. (And if that's not one of the greatest press release quotes in history, I don't know what is.)

Currently in open beta and available for free for 90 days, Piston Enterprise OpenStack 2.0 is supported by Piston Cloud's training and professional services.