OpenStack Innovator Nebula Ceases Operations: Is OpenStack in Trouble?
NEWS ANALYSIS: The company founded by the OpenStack founder (and former NASA CTO) goes bust; what happened and does this mean OpenStack as a whole is in trouble?OpenStack cloud vendor Nebula, which was started up by OpenStack founder and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp in March 2011, is ceasing operations effective April 1. The news was not expected and raises questions about the OpenStack ecosystem and the multiple vendors within it. "This is a difficult announcement for us to make and we want to assure our customers, shareholders, and employees that we have worked hard to explore alternatives and exhausted all potential options," Nebula stated in a statement on its Website. Nebula's most recent update in December 2014 was its Cosmos Enterprise Edition, based on OpenStack Icehouse. Cosmos is the software that runs on Nebula's premier piece of technology, the Nebula One controller. In a 2014 video interview, Kemp demonstrated the Nebula One controller, which enables an enterprise to take its server deployments and transform them into a private OpenStack cloud. In September 2013, Kemp brought in the former CEO of Extreme Networks, Gordon Stitt, to serve as CEO. In a video interview with eWEEK in May 2014, Stitt and Kemp explained how Nebula was growing into a turnkey OpenStack cloud business. Now just under a year after that interview, Nebula is done as operational business entity.
In my opinion, the end of Nebula is a surprise. Hindsight, of course, is always 20/20, and perhaps there are some leading indicators and trends that can help explain Nebula's demise.