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Nimbula

March 08, 2011 11:01 ET

Nimbula Builds Open Partner Ecosystem to Accelerate the Adoption of Cloud Operating System Software

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Today at the Cloud Connect Conference, Nimbula, the Cloud Operating System Company, unveiled a best-of-breed ecosystem of partners to stimulate innovation and accelerate the market adoption of Nimbula Director, its Cloud Operating System software.

Interest in cloud computing is growing rapidly among enterprise and service provider customers alike. Nimbula is collaborating with innovative industry leaders to help customers navigate this transition to cloud computing, reduce overall infrastructure cost and improve business agility and flexibility. Products and solutions from these partners will help deliver a turnkey solution to implement private, hybrid or public clouds using Nimbula's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) software layer.

"With today's announcement, Nimbula is helping make the adoption of cloud a greater reality. We're building an ecosystem of innovative partners to help our customers adopt cloud computing," said Chris Pinkham, Co-Founder and CEO of Nimbula. "Orchestrating a strong and open partner ecosystem is the most effective way to successfully drive major technology transitions by bringing product answers to adoption and implementation questions."

Initial partners include Citrix Systems, Inc., Cloud Cruiser, enStratus, Opscode, Puppet Labs and Scalr. Their products and solutions will complement Nimbula Director for application deployment and management, user billing and chargeback, and will optimize the use of the underlying hardware infrastructure.

Citrix Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help companies deliver IT as an on-demand service. By partnering with Citrix, Nimbula will provide customers with support for Citrix® XenServer® and Citrix® NetScaler®, the foundational components of Citrix® OpenCloud™ solutions. Together, these Citrix products provide enterprise customers and cloud providers with powerful virtualization and networking capabilities that help deliver on the promise of open, enterprise-class, utility clouds. "Nimbula has demonstrated leadership in its approach to cloud infrastructure by focusing on the key elements of scale and automation," said Klaus Oestermann, Group VP and General Manager, Networking and Cloud Product Group, Citrix Systems, Inc. "By leveraging the strength of our virtualization and networking products, Nimbula will accelerate the development of cloud solutions for the enterprise. This joint effort will deliver an open and powerful cloud architecture to the market."

Cloud Cruiser delivers a cost optimization solution that identifies and analyzes costs across heterogeneous cloud environments. By providing customers with true cost visibility, powerful Business Intelligence (BI) analytics, billing and chargeback, Cloud Cruiser leverages usage data from Nimbula Director to help customers realize significant cost savings across their infrastructure. "Cost optimization within the cloud is moving mainstream and Cloud Cruiser, together with Nimbula, will provide end-to-end cost transparency for both on- and off-premises resources enabling enterprises and service providers to migrate to the cloud with confidence," said Dave Zabrowski, Founder and CEO of Cloud Cruiser.

enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public and private clouds. Their partnership with Nimbula will allow customers to use their solution to gain the controls, governance and automation of cloud infrastructures powered by Nimbula Director. "We are excited to be working with Nimbula and extending our cloud management and governance solution to support their platform," said George Reese, CTO of enStratus. "For an organization that wants to build Amazon EC2-like services, Nimbula with enStratus together provide on-demand provisioning with security, controls and automation to help them meet their service level requirements."

Opscode's Chef is a server configuration management and systems integration framework that allows for dynamic configuration. "The promise of cloud computing is only realized with integration and automation across the full infrastructure stack, from bare metal provisioning, to configuration, and all the way through application deployment," said Christopher Brown, CTO for Opscode. "We are tremendously excited to work with Nimbula to help deliver on this promise. When working in concert, Nimbula Director and Chef from Opscode enable customers to build new cloud infrastructure with scale, control and flexibility."

Puppet Labs will allow Nimbula Director customers to automate the provisioning, patching and configuration of their operating systems and applications. Thousands of organizations have adopted their solution and will be able to use their existing implementations with Nimbula Director deployments. "We see great synergy between Puppet's automated systems management and Nimbula's orchestration of the underlying infrastructure," said Teyo Tyree, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development at Puppet Labs. "The combined solution will allow users to seamlessly deploy, manage and migrate applications between existing cloud environments to and from those powered by Nimbula Director."

Scalr helps customers provision new servers on-the-fly to handle spikes in demand and decommission them when they are no longer needed, handling all database scaling aspects along the way. Connecting to Nimbula Director's API, Scalr's new product version will bring joint customers the benefits of application monitoring and auto-scaling. "Scalr is focused on managing scalable infrastructure for new web 2.0 application architectures and we have built support for an important number of Infrastructure as a Service cloud offerings," said Sebastian Stadil, Founder and CEO of Scalr. "Nimbula Director is the only one we'd trust to deploy mission critical corporate systems."

In addition, Nimbula has worked with Intel to develop a Cloud Builders Guide to help with cloud design and deployment of Nimbula Director on Intel platforms. Nimbula has also published a Reference Guide for Nimbula Director on Cisco UCS (Unified Computing Systems). Both documents are available online and can be downloaded at http://nimbula.com/products/resources/

For more information on Nimbula's partner program, go to http://nimbula.com/partners

About Nimbula
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 and was dubbed "one of three cloud properties ready to burst" in Fortune. Nimbula is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has an office in South Africa. For more information, visit http://nimbula.com.

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