Niki Acosta

OpenStack Evangelist

Niki Acosta is an OpenStack Evangelist at Cisco. As an active OpenStack participant, tweeter, blogger, and co-host of @OSPod, she has become a recognized name in the cloud industry. Follow her on Twitter at @nikiacosta.


October 31, 2016


Metapod is now Cisco Metacloud™

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I’ve learned more about trademark rules in the last year than I probably ever wanted to. I’ll explain. About two years ago, Cisco acquired Metacloud, the company I worked for, along with a team of brilliant engineers, product managers, marketers, and operations folks. As we worked through the integration process, we learned that while our […]

July 13, 2016


Introducing Metapod 4.0 Now Powered by Red Hat

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In September of 2014, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Metacloud. For those of us working at Metacloud, it was an exciting day. There were so many things we wanted to do to create the ultimate Private Cloud as a Service offer that would delight our customers by removing the complexities of deploying, managing, operating, […]

September 1, 2015


Cisco OpenStack® Private Cloud is now Cisco Metapod™

2 min read

One of the benefits of cloud is being able to iterate quickly. There’s a saying in the software development world that we can’t post here due to profanity, but if you’re curious, you can view it on the Startup Vitamins website here. Bottom line: Cloud allows you to develop products quickly, so you can launch […]

August 10, 2015


Guest blog: DBaaS, Coming to an Intercloud Near You

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Today’s guest blog comes to us courtesy of Tesora CEO, Ken Rugg. The Cisco Intercloud is a pretty amazing demonstration of the power of OpenStack. It will have incredible worldwide reach with 350 data centers across 50 countries. Unlike Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, however, Cisco isn’t building all the data centers itself. Instead it is […]

July 24, 2015


Help Choose Speakers for the Tokyo OpenStack Summit

7 min read

If you’re an OpenStack Foundation member—and especially if you’re attending the Tokyo Summit in October — step up! It’s time to vote for speakers! The polls opened last night and are closing soon (July 30 at 11:59 PM PDT). The following link will take you to the main Foundation voting page where you can see […]

July 6, 2015


OSpod #33: Weston Jossey

47 min read

Have you heard Weston Jossey explain his company’s hybrid cloud strategy before? If you haven’t, get comfortable and enjoy the recording of our most recent OpenStack Podcast. In it, Wes explains why his company chose to deploy a private cloud, what they use it for, and how they use it in conjunction with AWS to achieve […]

June 17, 2015


Welcome Piston Cloud!

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This week, Cisco completed the acquisition of, Piston Cloud. Piston Cloud has been a long time member and contributor to OpenStack. I’ve always admired their engineering-savvy approach to OpenStack, the unique and memorable way in which they’ve marketed themselves from a product and culture/brand perspective, and their engineering accomplishments that make it easier to deploy, […]

June 11, 2015


OSpod #32: Carol Barrett

108 min read

Last week our featured guest was Carol Barrett, who not only works in data center planning at Intel, but is also a leader in the OpenStack Community. She’s deeply involved in the Product Working Group, the Enterprise Working Group, and the Women of OpenStack, which means she’s got a lot of insider knowledge about what is […]

June 3, 2015


Interview with Piston’s Christopher MacGown

37 min read

With the big news today, it seems like a good time to repost this, from the Metacloud blog: Piston Cloud co-founder and CTO Christopher MacGown has been involved with OpenStack since the very beginning. He was at Rackspace when they switched from Ruby to Python, he helped blueprint the original project, he pitched the idea […]