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Swisscom Selects Piston OpenStack as Key Technology Partner for Cloud-Based IT Infrastructure

Partnership Delivers Cutting Edge Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., the enterprise OpenStack® company, today announced that Swisscom, one of the largest ICT providers in Switzerland, has partnered with Piston to help build its future cloud-based infrastructure. Piston is both a technology and strategic partner for Swisscom, providing not only its architecture, but also OpenStack professional and training services.

With 6.4 million mobile customers, one million Swisscom TV customers and roughly 2 million retail broadband connections, Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecommunications provider and ranks as one of the leading Swiss providers specializing in the integration and operation of complex IT systems.

In a strategic effort to become more efficient and agile, the company is in the process of building new cloud-based IT infrastructure as well as new cloud-based offerings. In order to achieve those goals, the company has decided to use OpenStack as a core component for the cloud virtualization orchestration.

"We have set a goal to migrate the majority of our IT applications to our cloud over the next few years, and OpenStack is one key component to get us there," said Gunther Thiel, Head of Cloud at Swisscom. "We selected Piston as a partner because their OpenStack distribution not only delivers cutting edge technology, but also ensures unparalleled security, flexibility, and scalability."

Piston delivers Swisscom turn-key, best-of-breed storage, compute, and networking virtualization through the OpenStack interface, with award-winning service, system orchestration, and enhanced enterprise features under the hood. As part of the partnership, Piston is also building a dual operator model for Swisscom, which exposes new interfaces for customers while also supporting traditional interfaces for modeling and management.

"Swisscom is a very progressive business with some of the world's most security cautious customers," said Jim Morrisroe, CEO at Piston. "Built for the enterprise, Piston OpenStack™ is a secure, tested, supported, and proven distribution of OpenStack, which allows Swisscom to be on the bleeding edge without cutting themselves or their customers."

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About Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is the enterprise OpenStack® company. Founded in 2011 by OpenStack founders from NASA and Rackspace®, Piston makes intelligent software for global-scale private clouds. Piston is an OpenStack Foundation Gold Member, based in San Francisco and funded by True Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Cisco Systems, Inc., Divergent Ventures, Data Collective and Swisscom Ventures. Visit Piston online at www.pistoncloud.com.

About Swisscom
Swisscom is Switzerland's leading telecom provider with its headquarters in Ittigen, close to the capital city, Berne. With over 20,000 employees it generated turnover of CHF 11.43 billion in 2013. Swisscom is one of the most sustainable companies in Switzerland and Europe with 6.4 million mobile customers, more than one million Swisscom TV customers and around 2.06 million broadband connections (retail). Swisscom also ranks as one of the leading Swiss providers specialising in the integration and operation of complex IT systems. The IT core skills lie in the fields of IT outsourcing services, workplace and mobility services, SAP services and services for the financial industry.

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