Nimbula Launches Purpose-Built Cloud OS

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-12 Print this article Print

The software developer releases Nimbula Director, which it says brings an "Amazon EC2-like experience" to enterprise cloud systems.

At this still-early stage of the cloud IT era, a software vendor coming up with a bulletproof operating system for running public, private or hybrid clouds could find itself in a golden position in the future.

Usual-suspect candidates at this point include hypervisor developers VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, as well as systems providers Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Dell, Oracle, Cisco Systems and EMC-which all want to be all things to everybody.

Then there are the smaller but quicker-moving-and often more progressive-players. Nimbula is one of those.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based software developer, which pulls no punches in calling itself the Cloud Operating System Company, came out April 6 with Nimbula Director, which it says brings a familiar "Amazon EC2-like experience" to enterprises and service providers.

Director, which is licensed free of charge for small systems (up to 40 cores), is a purpose-built OS that aggregates difficult-to-deal-with silos of on-premises and off-premises resources into a single dashboard, so that information across a diverse system can be shared, stored and analyzed, if need be.

For deployments on infrastructure with more than 40 cores, Nimbula Director is licensed on an annual subscription basis. This includes both maintenance and support services. For details on pricing, go here.

Nimbula, founded by the same team that developed Amazon EC2, was named one of the most promising startups in The Wall Street Journal and was described as "one of three cloud properties ready to burst" in Fortune magazine.

Nimbula Director is available for download here. Users will be able to purchase an optional annual support package for the free version of the product, the company said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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