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OpenStack Start-up Raises $4.5 Million

The money is coming from Hummer Winblad and True Ventures, with Divergent Ventures and some unidentified others participating

Piston Cloud Computing Inc, a San Francisco software company developing a commercial version of the OpenStack open source software for business, has raised $4.5 million in funding.

The money is coming from Hummer Winblad and True Ventures, with Divergent Ventures and some unidentified others participating.

Piston's co-founders came from the technical teams at OpenStack parents NASA and Rackspace, and helped to create the OpenStack project last year.

Piston CEO Joshua McKenty was the cloud architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud infrastructure, the precursor of OpenStack's cloud computing component, and is on OpenStack's policy board. Piston CTO Christopher MacGown was a technical lead at SliceHost, acquired by Rackspace in 2008.

The start-up has recruited core contributors from NASA and other OpenStack participants.

Piston's widgetry is currently in limited beta, with a public release expected in Q4. Companies interested in being part of Piston's early access program can contact [email protected].

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