Strange Bedfellows: The Unlikely Alliance of VMware and Piston Cloud

Gretchen Curtis  /  Aug 22, 2012  / 

Alas, the storm is come again! My best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabouts: misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. 

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Here at Piston Cloud, we have not been shy about our goal to free organizations from lock-in and the walled garden often associated with private cloud vendors — namely, VMware. And yet, we have recently entered into a partnership with said competitor. But fear not, this is an alliance for good, and misery shall not acquaint us. As announced in a press release, we have teamed up with VMware to develop the Cloud Provider Interface that integrates OpenStack, the leading open-source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud framework, with Cloud Foundry, the leading open-source Platform as a Service (PaaS). Why this unlikely partnership? The answer is simple — we share Cloud Foundry’s vision of enabling developers, and like VMware, we believe the future of PaaS is inherently open source and multi-cloud.

This morning, we announced Airframe, our 100% free, out-of-the-box distribution of OpenStack that includes ALL of OpenStack’s services (including swift and nova volumes) for creating a complete production-ready IaaS private cloud environment in less than 10 minutes. We’re also pleased to announce that Airframe comes pre-bundled with Cloud Foundry, giving developers a truly free, truly integrated IaaS + PaaS capability with an easy upgrade path to a full production environment. Developers can go from racked, un-powered gear to a full IaaS + PaaS stack containing everything they need for app dev and test, with a single integrated install in under an hour. Now, the best things in cloud are free.

In IT – as in any business – co-opetition is not uncommon. Yes, we will continue to challenge VMware’s walled garden, but we will also work together for the greater good of developers and the OpenStack community. Strange bedfellows, indeed, but luckily the bed is big enough for both of us.

To see Airframe + Cloud Foundry in action and pick up a copy of the software, come visit us at booth #2337 at the VWworld 2012 conference and trade show in San Francisco, August 26–30. Airframe will be generally available beginning September 4. Visit airframe.pistoncloud.com to sign up.

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  • http://twitter.com/mgeene Mark Geene

    Thanks Piston Cloud for providing clarity in the market by bringing OpenStack and Cloud Foundry together. This solves a great need in the market by seamlessly linking these leading open source solutions. Our clients are looking for cloud interoperability and this is a big step forward.