Nimbula

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Nimbula, Inc
Type Privately held company
Industry Private and Public cloud computing, Internet hosting services
Fate Acquired by Oracle Corporation
Founded April 10, 2010 (2010 -04-10) (formerly known, in stealth mode, as Benguela, late 2008)
Founders
Headquarters
Products Nimbula Director
Website Nimbula.com

Nimbula was a computer software company that existed from 2008 through 2013. It developed software for the implementation of public and private cloud computing environments.

History[edit]

The company was first incorporated as Benguela, based in Menlo Park, California with a development center in Cape Town, South Africa.[1][2] It was founded in late 2008 by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon, who had developed the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).[3] The company raised a total of $20.75 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and VMware.[4][5][6] Their software was designed to make it easier for service providers and enterprises to build, manage and deploy infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings similar to Amazon EC2.

The company emerged from stealth mode in June 2010 and changed its name to Nimbula.[7][8] Diane Greene and Roelof Botha became members of the board of directors at that time.[7][3] Eventually the company had its office in Mountain View, California. A public beta version of its software was announced in December 2010.[9] Nimbula Director 1.0 was released in April 2011.[10] Nimbula was Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Cloud Management by Gartner in April 2012.[11]

In October 2012, Nimbula joined the OpenStack Foundation.[12]

In March 2013, Nimbula was acquired by Oracle Corporation.[13]

Features[edit]

Nimbula Director software allows users to implement IaaS-style private, public and hybrid clouds. The software was aimed at both enterprise customers and service providers. It can manage both on- and off-premise infrastructure through a Web UI, an API or a command line interface.

Nimbula Director’s features include:

  • Control access to local and external cloud resources with a policy based authorization system supporting multi-tenancy.
  • Hands-off automated installation on bare metal
  • Automated (zero touch) cluster expansion as new hardware is added
  • API to manage local and external cloud resources
  • Reduce demands on system administrators through low-touch automated cloud management.
  • Multiple hypervisor support from a single management pane
  • Support for common cloud APIs like Amazon Web Services API
  • Support for Linux and Windows virtual machines (VMs)
  • Integrate existing user services through support for Active Directory/LDAP
  • Elastic IPs and security groups
  • Support for virtual ethernets, allowing creation of isolated Layer 2 networks
  • Integrated system metrics and reporting that will allow for integration with chargeback systems

Nimbula's license agreement allowed deployment of the software on up to 40 CPU cores without a license fee.[14]

Release History[edit]

Product Released Highlighted features
Nimbula Director v1.0 April 6, 2011
Nimbula Director v1.5 September 26, 2011[14]
  • Policy-based automation
  • Persistent block store
  • Customizable installer for OS
Nimbula Director v2.0.1[15] June 14, 2012
Nimbula Director v2.0.2[16] July 30, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.3[17] August 7, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.3.1[18] September 12, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.4[19] November 14, 2012
  • Maintenance release

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Babcock (August 26, 2010). "Nimbula Secures $15 Million Venture Capital Investment". Information Week. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jon Brodkin (June 15, 2010). "Amazon EC2 creators to launch cloud computing start-up: Benguela building cloud infrastructure software, with focus on virtualization". Network World. 
  3. ^ a b Patrick Hoge (June 21, 2010). "Amazon vets start cloud computing firm". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://gigaom.com/cloud/the-20-million-club-10-well-funded-cloud-startups/
  5. ^ http://venturebeat.com/2010/08/23/nimbula-funding/
  6. ^ http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/06/former-aws-execs-launch-nimbula.php
  7. ^ a b "Diane Greene is back: Nimbula leaves the stealth mode and enters the IaaS cloud computing market". Virtualization.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/062310-amazon-ec2-cloud-startup.html
  9. ^ Antone Gonsalves (December 7, 2010). "Nimbula Launches Cloud OS In Public Beta". Information Week. 
  10. ^ "Nimbula Announces Immediate Availability of Nimbula Director 1.0". Press release. April 6, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nimbula Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Cloud Management by Leading Analyst Firm". Press release. April 16, 2012. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://nimbula.com/news/press_release/nimbula-joins-openstack-community/
  13. ^ http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/acquisitions/nimbula/index.html
  14. ^ a b "Nimbula Releases Nimbula Director 1.5 and Expands Cloud Partner Ecosystem". Press release. September 26, 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/387/
  16. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/406/
  17. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/410/
  18. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/439/
  19. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/476/

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