Advancing Cisco's Intercloud Strategy.
On June 12, 2015 Cisco acquired Piston Cloud Computing, a privately held San Francisco based Openstack product company. Piston provides software that enables streamlined operational deployment of large scale distributed systems. Piston's enterprise grade software helps customers automate orchestration and deployment of underlying distributed systems for running applications on OpenStack.
Cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape. To enable greater business agility and help lower costs, organizations are shifting from a primarily on-premise IT structure to hybrid IT: a mix of private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise applications.
Cisco addresses the changing needs of its enterprise and service provider customers through its Intercloud strategy. Intercloud is an open solution that brings together organizations' private clouds, major public clouds, and Cisco and partner clouds, and enables movement of workloads across heterogeneous environments.
M&A and investments are an important part of our build, buy, partner and integrate strategy. This acquisition advances our Intercloud strategy and supports our leadership in cloud services, to provide best-in-class solutions for our customers.
If you are an existing customer or partner of Piston and have questions about your product or service, please continue to contact your existing Piston sales representative.
If you are an existing customer or partner of Cisco and have questions about your product or services, please continue to contact your existing Cisco sales representative.
Piston Cloud Computing customers should continue to use the existing process for support on installed Piston products. Cisco will notify you in advance of any change to the support process.
Cisco customers should continue to use the Cisco TAC for technical support on Cisco products. For more information about opening a technical support case and for regional TAC telephone numbers, refer to Cisco Worldwide Support Contacts.
The acquisition of Piston will complement Cisco's Intercloud strategy by bringing additional operational experience on the underlying infrastructure that powers Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud. Piston's deep knowledge of distributed systems and automated deployment will help further enhance the platform and our delivery capabilities for customers and partners, better positioning Cisco to address the market demands for our Cisco Intercloud Services offerings.