|Initial release||2011-04-06 |
|Type||Private and Public cloud computing|
Nimbula is a startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners based out of Mountain View, California. The company was founded by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon who led the team that created Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Nimbula develops cloud orchestration software for the implementation of public and private cloud computing environments. Their software, Nimbula Director, is designed to make it easier for service providers and enterprises to build, manage and deploy IaaS offerings similar to Amazon EC2. The company emerged from stealth mode in June 2010 and launched a public beta of its software in December 2010. Nimbula Director 1.0 was announced in March 2011 and released in April 2011. Nimbula was Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Cloud Management by Gartner in April 2012.
In October 2012, Nimbula joined the OpenStack Foundation and the OpenStack development community with the goals of transforming Nimbula Director into the most enterprise ready, scalable, reliable, and flexible OpenStack distribution while also contributing meaningfully back to the project and community.
Nimbula Director is a cloud operating system software solution that allows users to implement IaaS (infrastructure as a service) style private, public and hybrid clouds. The software is 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 key 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
The company was first incorporated as Benguela and changed its name to Nimbula as it emerged from stealth mode in June 2010. Nimbula was founded by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon in 2008. The company has raised a total of $20.75M in venture funding from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and VMware.
Nimbula Director is the company’s flagship product. It enables users to build, manage and deploy compute cloud environments on their own infrastructure. The product is available as a public for download from https://nimbula.com/product/. The Nimbula Director license agreement allows deployment of the software on up to 40 CPU cores without a license fee.
Release History 
|Nimbula Director v1.0||April 6, 2011|
|Nimbula Director v1.5||September 26, 2011||
|Nimbula Director v2.0.1||June 14, 2012|
|Nimbula Director v2.0.2||July 30, 2012||
|Nimbula Director v2.0.3||August 7, 2012||
|Nimbula Director v188.8.131.52||September 12, 2012||
|Nimbula Director v2.0.4||November 14, 2012||
See also