The key to success for PentOS will be the level of support the company provides for its open source software.
"It's a pretty good match for what enterprises seem to want in terms of that marketplace, that diversity, that variety of choice in something like OpenStack, yet with the enterprise credibility, a phone number and the true higher-level technical support that they might need as an enterprise," Lyman says. "I think that PentOS is a fairly good match for that sort of demand, you know, kind of the best of both worlds."
A key aspect of this reliability lies in the foundation of Piston Cloud Computing and where it came from, according to Lyman. "Piston has some impressive leadership," he says.
Of course, the kind of impact this new product will have remains to be seen. With the kind of demand for new options in terms of private cloud tools, though, the outlook is optimistic.
"It's a growing market and we see continued demand and need for alternatives," Lyman says. "There's a lot of appreciation out there that OpenStack and the vendors involved with it exist."
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