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 horizon. A new partnership with Piston Cloud 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.

Piston co-founder Chris MacGown said the deal makes sense given that both Piston CloudOS and Piston OpenStack are meant to be vendor agnostic in terms of underlying hardware. “We believe that developers want to consume platform-as-a-service, and that there’s not yet a one-size fits all approach to meet that need. This means we need to provide, integrate, and partner with PaaS solutions tailored for specific use-cases,” he said via email.

Since Cloud Foundry never focused on the Windows arena, this partnership brings .NET-focused platform to Piston OpenStack, he added.

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

Cloud Foundry claims to bring 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 PivotalCF 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).

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.”

Disclosure: Piston is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of Gigaom.

Note: This story was updated at 5:55 a.m. PST, December 24 with Chris MacGown’s comments.