Amazon experts launch private-cloud start-up – Nimbula

Two men who led one element of Amazon’s successful cloud-computing services have launched their own a start-up called Nimbula focusing on a private version of the technology.

Cloud computing takes several forms, but Amazon Web Services generally delivers building blocks available over the Internet that developers can use to construct their own higher-level services. Nimbula, in contrast, focuses more on a “private cloud” approach geared for companies building their own computing services based on a similar but in-house approach.

The start-up came out of stealth mode Wednesday, announcing its Nimbula Director product for managing private cloud infrastructure. It’s not all about private clouds though: One thing Director can control is when to draw on public cloud services as well when peak computing loads demand.

Nimbula’s co-founders, Chief Executive Chris Pinkham and Vice President of Products Willem van Biljon, both worked on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud; Pinkham led the group that developed it, and van Biljon led its product development.

The pair attracted $5.75 million in first-round funding from Sequoia Capital and VMware, an EMC subsidiary specializing in virtualization.

Six international customers are beta-testing Nimbula, and the start-up plans to launch its product in the second half of the year. Nimbula was founded in early 2009, the company said.

Cloud computing is all the rage, with infrastructure-level services such as those from Amazon and Rackspace, programmable services such as Google’s App Engine, and more finished products such as Google Docs and Zoho’s online productivity tools.

One major obstacle for the philosophy is the reluctance of corporate computing administrators to yield control over their own equipment, though. Private cloud, while lacking the scale of public clouds, can be an answer for those who like cloud-computing philosophies of large-scale, shared resources but don’t want to take the full plunge.

But cloud computing companies face competition from those who already have a big business in computing infrastructure: those who sell operating systems for a living. Microsoft’s Azure project makes Windows Server into a cloud computing service.

And Linux leader Red Hat on Wednesday announced Red Hat Cloud Foundations, an “easy on-ramp to cloud computing” intended to let customers more easily build their own cloud-computing designs. The first such foundation is focused on private clouds.

Full source and credit to: CNET

Follow Us!


Established in 2009, is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

3 Responses to Amazon experts launch private-cloud start-up – Nimbula

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Advertising Programs

Click To Find Out!

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored Posts

CloudTweaks has enjoyed a great relationship with many businesses, influencers and readers over the years, and it is one that we are interested in continuing. When we meet up with prospective clients, our intent is to establish a more solid relationship in which our clients invest in a campaign that consists of a number of


Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.


Top Research Assets

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

Explore how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today and highlights the cutting-edge technology (including OpenStack cloud computing) that HP is bringing to the current stage. If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that’s open,

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security Cloud applications are a priority for every business – the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits to the enterprise. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving