Albany Business Review | December 23, 2014

Apprenda partners with San Francisco startup to improve cloud computing

Apprenda, a Troy, New York software company, is partnering with Piston, a San Francisco startup, to improve its cloud computing platform.

Apprenda announced today that the company will be using Piston CloudOS and Piston OpenStack software to automate information technology operations and bring new products to market faster.

Piston makes software for a global-scale private cloud, built on OpenStack, a scalable cloud framework that was founded by Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) in 2010. Apprenda builds a technology platform that helps its customers create computer applications, such as those used in ATM transactions.

The partnership with Piston will help software development teams build cloud applications and microservices faster. With Piston providing the infrastructure, Apprenda will provide a software layer that transforms that infrastructure into a policy-driven, hybrid cloud application platform.

“Apprenda’s integration with Piston allows developers to have policy based access to OpenStack APIs to quickly manage infrastructure,” Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller said in a release.

Piston’s customers include Qualcomm, a semiconductor company based in San Diego, and Zulily, an online retailer known for selling baby accessories, housewares and kids products.