December 03, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 3 – Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack company, today announced cloud computing and open source industry veteran Jim Morrisroe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Morrisroe has more than 20 years of leadership experience at high-growth companies, including serving as Vice President and General Manager of Zimbra, a VMware company, and Vice President of Sales at Storigen and Cemaphore Systems.
“Private cloud and OpenStack are systematically transforming all aspects of enterprise information technology and Piston Cloud is the clear leader in the market for commercial OpenStack, ” said Morrisroe. “OpenStack and private cloud software is emerging as a massive market and is disrupting billions of dollars that is today spent on legacy technologies. Piston Cloud is extremely well positioned to help lead customers through this transformation. I look forward to driving the continued growth and development of the company.”
Prior to joining Piston Cloud, Morrisroe spent seven years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Zimbra, where he was responsible for strategy, product and engineering for a major VMware product division. Morrisroe also led the Zimbra team during its successful spin out from Yahoo! and its acquisition and integration by VMware. Previously, Morrisroe served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Cemaphore Systems, and led sales efforts at leading enterprise technology companies including, Cabletron Systems and Lucent Technologies.
Co-founder and former CEO Joshua McKenty will remain at Piston Cloud and will take on a new role as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, where he will lead product innovation and OpenStack engagement for the company.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Jim to Piston Cloud,” said McKenty. “Not only is he a natural fit with the executive team, but his deep experience in open source and enterprise software will help us take the company to the next level.”
Piston Cloud delivers Piston Enterprise OpenStack, a software for managing a private Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud. This complete cloud management platform delivers 100 percent of the core OpenStack services, and gives enterprise IT professionals an easier way to deliver IT resources internally to their organization. Piston Cloud’s unique Moxie HA high availability framework seamlessly and dynamically allocates compute, storage and networking resources, ensuring IT services never go down and data is always secure. Hands-free scaling and upgrade capability allows organizations to increase capacity and upgrade services without downtime or reconfiguration. Every software license includes best-in-class 24/7 support, and a subscription update service for security updates.
About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the enterprise OpenStack company. Founded in early 2011 by technical team leads from NASA and Rackspace, Piston Cloud is built around OpenStack, the fastest growing, massively scalable open cloud framework. Piston Enterprise OpenStack is the first fully automated bare-metal cloud management platform built on OpenStack and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on security and easy operation of enterprise private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by Hummer Winblad and True Ventures.
Source: Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
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