Platform9 Enhances Ease of Use and Enterprise Readiness in its OpenStack-as-a-Service Offering

New Release Features Single Sign-On Integration and Zero-Touch Upgrade to OpenStack Liberty

AUSTIN, Tex. – OpenStack Summit – April 26, 2016 – Platform9, the company making private clouds easy, today announced a new release of its award-winning Platform9 Managed OpenStack, strengthening its SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions, such as Okta. Also with this release, the company updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty, seamlessly upgrading all customers and further demonstrating the product’s ease of use, which was recognized earlier this month when Platform9 was named a Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor in Cloud Management.*

“Our goal at Platform9 is to deliver OpenStack in a way that is both enterprise-ready and easy to use,” said Madhura Maskasky, Platform9 co-founder and vice president of products. “Our new release of Platform9 makes OpenStack even easier, giving our customers robust private cloud capabilities without the complications and hassle that often accompany OpenStack deployments and prevent customers from enjoying its powerful benefits.”

SSO Integration with Okta

Platform9 Managed OpenStack now includes SAML integration with Okta, providing easier SSO integration across groups of users and internal organizations. With the new capability, customers no longer have to create individual username- and password-based accounts for users; users maintain a single login and password across various tools in the environment, including Platform9 Managed OpenStack.

Zero-Touch Upgrade to OpenStack Liberty

With this release all Platform9 Managed OpenStack customers have been updated to OpenStack Liberty with Platform9’s zero-touch upgrade, one of the key advantages of Platform9’s unique SaaS approach. As a part of our managed service offering, Platform9 orchestrates, performs, and validates each customer’s OpenStack upgrade in about 20 minutes, dramatically streamlining the upgrade process and eliminating the need for IT to dedicate in-house resources to maintain their private cloud platform. The new release delivers all of the latest feature additions, bug fixes and product improvements built into OpenStack Liberty.

Exclusive “OpenStack on a Stick” Offer for OpenStack Summit Attendees

One of the challenges for those researching OpenStack as a private cloud solution is the extensive time and effort required to deploy it for initial exploration and evaluation. Platform9 is offering OpenStack Summit attendees a specially packaged version of Platform9 Managed OpenStack, available on a USB stick that will “boot into OpenStack” on any Linux-compatible hardware. Those interested in exploring OpenStack can visit Platform9 at Booth A35 to learn more and request their “OpenStack on a Stick.”

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About Platform9

Platform9’s mission is to make private clouds easy for organizations of any scale. Recognized by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor in Cloud Management, the company’s service transforms an organization’s existing servers into an AWS-like agile, self-service on-premise cloud within minutes, enabling organizations small or large to run their private clouds efficiently, at scale, while leveraging the latest open source innovations. Powered by OpenStack, the service is the industry’s first 100% cloud managed platform for KVM, VMware vSphere and Docker. Founded in 2013 by a team of early VMware engineers, Platform9 is backed by Menlo Ventures and Redpoint Ventures and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit

*Gartner “Cool Vendors in Cloud Management, 2016” by Donna Scott, Dennis Smith, Gregor Petri, April 7, 2016

Media and Analyst Contact:

Matt Coolidge
Bateman Group PR for Platform9


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