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Piston Cloud Selected as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 3, 2013) - Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack™ company, today announced that AlwaysOn has chosen the company as an AlwaysOn Global 250 winner. Inclusion of a company in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Piston Cloud was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.

Piston Cloud has experienced significant traction since the company's founding and public introduction in 2011. In the past two years, the company delivered the v2 of its flagship product, Piston Enterprise OpenStack, the first cloud operating system built on OpenStack, and established strategic partnerships with Inktank, Intel, Cumulus, CloudFoundry™ by Pivotal and Gridcentric. In addition, the company appointed a new CEO, Jim Morrisroe, to drive continued company growth and product development. The company is a founding member of The OpenStack Foundation with CTO and co-founder, Joshua McKenty, on its board and remains an active contributor to the project.

In addition to the AlwaysOn Global 250, other recent Piston Cloud accolades include a Best of VMworld 2012 Gold Award for Private Cloud Computing, inclusion in the 2012 AlwaysOn Top 100 and Global 250 lists, being named a 2012 Cloud Computing World Series finalist, a Pixel Award winner and sweeping three Under the Radar award categories, including Judge's Choice, Best in Show and the Audience Choice Award.

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2013 list.

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"As companies continue to rapidly adopt cloud computing technologies and the DevOps movement continues to evolve, the AlwaysOn Global 250 list remains a strong barometer of which companies are driving meaningful innovation in a dynamic market," said Joshua McKenty, CTO and co-founder of Piston Cloud. "We are honored to have received this award and are excited for the year ahead, which promises to reveal a shift in the way companies adopt cutting edge technologies."

"This year's AlwaysOn Global 250 is seeing innovators in the cloud making it possible for an entirely new generation of application and software solutions to enter the technology marketplace. The enterprise world has endured a long ramp-up to the cloud. Now, businesses are demanding even more robust, secure applications with which to run their operations -- anytime, anywhere," says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. "The Global Silicon Valley is rising to this challenge with unfettered enthusiasm, providing business management solutions, IT infrastructure and elegant, stable applications. The companies on this year's AlwaysOn Global 250 represent the highest-growth opportunities in today's private company marketplace."

Piston Cloud and the AlwaysOn Global 250 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn's 11th annual Innovation Summit at the Computer History Museum on July 23th, 2013. This two-day executive gathering highlights the significant economic, political, and commercial trends affecting the global technology industries. Innovation Summit's goal is to identify the most promising entrepreneurial opportunities and investments in the global tech industry. A full list of all the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website at: http://aonetwork.com/Announcing-the-2013-AlwaysOn-Global-250-Top-Private-Companies/.

About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the enterprise OpenStack™ software company. Founded in early 2011 by technical team leads from NASA and Rackspace®, Piston Cloud is built using OpenStack, the fastest growing, massively scalable open-source cloud framework. Piston Enterprise OpenStack™ is the first fully automated bare-metal cloud operating system built on OpenStack and the first OpenStack distribution specifically focused on the secure and easy operation of web-scale private clouds. Piston Cloud is based in San Francisco and funded by True Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Cisco Systems, Inc., Divergent Ventures, Data Collective and Swisscom Ventures. Visit Piston Cloud online at http://www.pistoncloud.com.

About AlwaysOn
AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand connecting and informing the entrepreneurial community in the Global Silicon Valley. Founded by Red Herring founding editor, Tony Perkins in 2003, AlwaysOn's mission is to continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, bloggers, and advertisers like no other media brand.