October 15, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15 — Nimbula, the cloud operating system company, today announced it has joined the OpenStack community. As an active member of the community, Nimbula will collaborate on a range of improvements to the OpenStack codebase, and will incorporate OpenStack services in future Nimbula Director releases. Nimbula customers such as Russian Internet company, Yandex, and US Government service provider, Solers, will continue to benefit from Nimbula Director's extended, fully functional, automated self-service infrastructure built around a standard platform.
"OpenStack is the right idea and project, and having smart, innovative companies join the initiative is a positive step," said Ben Kepes, industry observer and commentator. "Nimbula has great technology and expertise and their joining OpenStack will help develop it as the Cloud platform of choice for the market."
"We welcome Nimbula's participation in OpenStack, their commitment to contribute code and eagerness to collaborate with the technical community," said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation. "As cloud technology leaders continue to back the project and drive adoption, we move closer to achieving the OpenStack mission of being the ubiquitous cloud computing platform."
Nimbula's flagship product, Nimbula Director, allows enterprises and service providers to build large-scale, fully functional infrastructure services from bare metal in a matter of hours. Nimbula Director is differentiated by its high level of self-service, automation, application orchestration features, and ease of use. Providing a one-stop virtual data center management solution, Nimbula Director isolates customers from the operational and hardware complexities associated with deploying a private, hybrid or public cloud.
Founded by the team that built Amazon EC2, Nimbula will continue to lead and innovate. While future products will be OpenStack API-compatible and built around the common core, Nimbula will continue to deliver advanced services in areas such as data center automation, software defined networking, and policy-based application orchestration. In addition, Nimbula intends to be an active participant in the community and contribute significant experience and technology to the project.
"The Nimbula team brings a wealth of cloud software experience into the OpenStack ecosystem," said Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula and co-founder of the OpenStack project. "They can draw on that strong product experience to extend OpenStack's functionality in a number of areas such as orchestration, automation, and scalability."
"OpenStack has gathered strong industry momentum and we see the creation of the OpenStack Foundation as a very positive event," said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of marketing and sales at Nimbula. "Our customers appreciate the advanced functionality, scale and security model we provide, but have been asking us about a standardized core. We are excited to now be in a position to work with the OpenStack community to deliver a range of extended infrastructure and platform services around an industry-standard effort."
Founded by the team that developed the industry-leading Amazon EC2, Nimbula delivers a comprehensive cloud operating system that uniquely combines the scalability and operational efficiencies of the public cloud with the control, security and trust of today's most advanced data centers. Nimbula was named one of the most promising startups in The Wall Street Journal, a "Cool Vendor" by industry analyst Gartner and was dubbed "one of three cloud properties ready to burst" in Fortune. Nimbula is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit: http://nimbula.com.
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