GigaOm | December 23, 2014

Apprenda teams with Piston to gain OpenStack support

Apprenda, which started out as a .NET-and-Windows-focused Platform-as-a-Service,  but has since opened up to other languages and technologies, continues to broaden its horizons with a new partnership with Piston Cloud which gives it an entry into the OpenStack camp.

Here’s the PR spin from the announcement:

Together, Apprenda and Piston will deliver a tightly integrated solution that enables agile software development teams to build Java and .NET cloud applications and microservices faster in a true hybrid cloud environment. With more enterprise developers turning to both PaaS and OpenStack solutions than ever before, it makes sense to deliver a powerful joint solution.

If you follow vendor shenanigans, this is an interesting turn because Piston — and its co-founder OpenStack pioneer Joshua McKenty — have been fairly tightly aligned with Cloud Foundry, the open-source PaaS, backed by Pivotal, IBMHP and others. In fact, McKenty recently left Piston for Pivotal — which offers a PivotalCF, a commercial version of Cloud Foundry.

Cloud Foundry’s claim is that it brings PaaS capabilities to your public cloud of choice and Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller has been openly dismissive of public PaaS adoption in general. Apprenda paints itself as the enterprise-class private PaaS, a contention that the Pivotal CF folks can’t stand.

Apprenda billboard on Pivotal's SF building


So, it’s fair to say that Apprenda and Pivotal are not tight. Apprenda recently plastered a billboard on the side of Pivotal’s San Francisco headquarters building (pictured above.)

But anyway, back to Piston and Apprenda, if this partnership delivers what it promises, customers can get – as Piston CEO Jim Morrisroe put it in a statement “a scalable turnkey [OpenStack] IaaS and [Apprenda] PaaS out of the box.”