Piston Cloud Airframe — A Free Starter Package For Building An OpenStack Cloud


Piston Cloud has built a free OpenStack distribution that is promised to include what is needed to evaluate the open cloud environment.

To really create a cloud environment and to make it useful, you can’t have it dependent on someone else to do it for you But just to get a cloud environment up and running is a task. And that’s the challenge that OpenStack faces. How to get people from working on OpenStack to working with OpenStack as Piston Cloud CEO Josh McKenty said in an interview last week.

Piston Cloud is approaching the problem by combining all the necessary pieces that go into building an OpenStack cloud. That means it has the compute, storage, networking, management and platform as a service (PaaS).

Airframe is meant to serve as a starter kit of sorts to give OpenStack a try. It’s a software package that can run on any commodity server. It is primarily meant for development and test or evaluation. The full Piston Cloud service is available as an upgrade.

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