Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Oracle Buys Cloud Software Maker Nimbula

Oracle has announced that it will purchase Nimbula, which makes cloud infrastructure software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wired’s Klint Finley reported, “Oracle has announced that it will acquire Nimbula, a company founded by former Amazon vice president of engineering Chris Pinkham. Nimbula sells software to companies that want to build Amazon-style cloud services inside their own data centers.” He added, “Nimbula was founded in 2009, and it had a nice pedigree. Pinkham oversaw Amazon’s vast infrastructure for many years, and he led the team that originally built the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, one of the Amazon Web Services that has taken the tech world by storm.”

VentureBeat quoted Oracle’s statement, which said, “Nimbula’s technology helps companies manage infrastructure resources to deliver service, quality, and availability, as well as workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments. Nimbula’s product is complementary to Oracle and is expected to be integrated with Oracle’s cloud offerings.”

InformationWeek’s Charles Babcock added, “Nimbula produces what It calls a cloud operating system, Nimbula Director, which orchestrates and manages the functions of a public cloud, including provisioning, tracking and chargeback of cloud workloads. One potential implication of the move is to bring Oracle into alignment with the open source cloud software, OpenStack, since one of Nimbula’s most recent moves was to convert Director into an orchestrator of OpenStack components.”

TechCrunch’s Alex Williams commented, “By proxy, Oracle will have a place set for it at the OpenStack table. They’ll look across at other enterprise giants, such as VMware, which also by proxy joined OpenStack when it acquired Nicira. HP, Dell and IBM are members of OpenStack, as well. More so, Oracle really could use the Nimbula technology and the people who created it. Nimbula was founded by the developers of Amazon EC2. With people like that on your team it makes more sense that Oracle has thoughts about changing its strategy to focus on building something in the likeness of AWS.”

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