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Nimbula Releases Nimbula Director 1.5 and Expands Cloud Partner Ecosystem

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/26/11 -- Nimbula, the Cloud Operating System Company, today announced the immediate availability of Nimbula Director 1.5, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for managing compute and storage resources. The software helps enterprises and service providers build powerful private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure and is available for download at: http://nimbula.com.

Nimbula Director 1.5 supports a geographically distributed cloud, an industry first. The software can manage this multi-site cloud from a single view. This dramatically improves the cloud experience for end users because they now have a single login from which they can access any resource worldwide and deploy their workloads to any site in a self-service manner.

In addition to executing on the core vision of a global cloud, Nimbula has delivered critical functionality for taking Nimbula Director clouds into production while ensuring simple and efficient operations with these features:

  • Policy based automation for compute and storage that delivers an extremely simple mechanism for requesting resources.
  • Persistent block store that offers the self-service interfaces of cloud storage with enterprise-class service level selection across a wide range of vendors.
  • Simplicity with flexibility provides a customizable installer for packaging a choice of operating system, drivers and management software.

Cloud Partner Ecosystem
Nimbula continues to grow its best-of-breed partner ecosystem to expand support of Nimbula Director from Platform as a Service (PaaS) and DevOps application lifecycle management to persistent storage solutions.

"Nimbula is continuing its commitment in building a rich, diverse partner base to serve the new use cases and solutions enabled by cloud computing," said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Marketing at Nimbula. "We are able to strengthen our complete end-to-end solution offerings by supporting PaaS and DevOps use cases for agile application development and by supporting additional storage solutions."

Today Nimbula announced partnerships with Atalanta Systems, Electric Cloud and Standing Cloud in order to provide the optimal platform for developers to build and deploy applications.

Atalanta Systems
Nimbula and Atalanta Systems have teamed up to provide integration of Opscode Chef and its tools with Nimbula Director. Customers can now use Chef to orchestrate and manage workloads hosted on Nimbula cloud infrastructure.

"Interest in private and hybrid clouds is growing at an incredible pace, and Nimbula has put together a hugely polished and well architected solution. Integrating with Chef makes that story even more compelling, and we're thrilled that Nimbula has chosen us to be a part of both writing and telling that story, and bringing its benefits to the market."
- Helena Nelson-Smith, Founder and CEO of Atalanta Systems

Electric Cloud
Nimbula and Electric Cloud now provide an integrated solution to allow development teams to manage and execute application build-test-deploy processes using Nimbula cloud resources. Electric Cloud ElectricCommander automates these processes and provisions Nimbula cloud environments; elastically provisioning, growing/shrinking and tearing them down as needed. With this integration, developers can focus on the applications development process without worrying about the management of the underlying resource infrastructure.

"Cloud infrastructure is widely used among engineering teams in the enterprise to support software development, testing and deployment. Nimbula Director is designed to service that market. With Nimbula and Electric Cloud, teams can automatically manage the lifecycle of cloud resources to achieve greater development agility, create higher quality software and speed time-to-market."
- Mike Maciag, CEO of Electric Cloud

Standing Cloud
Nimbula and Standing Cloud have partnered to support PaaS based on Nimbula's cloud infrastructure software for private, public and hybrid clouds. The joint solution enables end users and developers to deploy, manage, customize and develop applications quickly and cost-effectively. More than 100 open source and commercial applications are available on Standing Cloud's service, written in PHP, Java, Ruby on Rails and Python.

"Standing Cloud's partnership with Nimbula is an exciting development in the industry. Now, service providers can offer PaaS along with their public IaaS, without additional effort. A Nimbula-based cloud will be immediately differentiated from infrastructure-only offerings. For the service provider's customers, Standing Cloud's PaaS lets them set up applications in minutes and provides an easy interface for developing and managing those applications."
- David J. Jilk, CEO of Standing Cloud

Today Nimbula also announced partnerships with Gluster and Scality to expand Nimbula Director's support for persistent storage solutions with world-class storage leaders.

Nimbula supports storage solutions from Gluster to cost-effectively extend the network-attached storage (NAS) capabilities of private, public and hybrid cloud environments to provide a massive degree of scalability and information availability. Storage offered at a variety of service levels is a vital resource in any cloud computing environment. Customers now have the option to use a highly available, scale-out NAS solution to move data at high speeds in their cloud environments.

"Adoption of cloud computing is increasing dramatically and enterprises are quickly realizing the importance in selecting a scale-out storage solution that will meet the needs of these new highly-dynamic cloud environments. Our scale-out NAS storage perfectly complements Nimbula's innovative cloud solutions and allows joint customers to achieve flexible and scalable storage cost effectively. We are extremely pleased with this partnership and the value it brings our customers."
- Lori Budin, VP, Channels and Partnerships at Gluster

Nimbula now supports Scality's RING Organic Storage by providing access for virtual machines to Scality's object storage located either in a local or remote cluster. With Scality, Nimbula provides a complete end-to-end compute and storage cloud solution.

"Scality is pleased to compliment Nimbula's innovative cloud computing solution with our object based storage offering. Together these solutions provide an integrated private, public or hybrid cloud offering."
- Brad King, Director of Customer Architecture at Scality

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

Availability and Pricing
Nimbula Director 1.5 is available for download at: http://nimbula.com. Pricing and packaging remain unchanged. For deployments on infrastructure up to and including 40 cores, Nimbula Director is licensed free of charge. A paid support option is available for users of the free version. For deployments on infrastructure with more than 40 cores, Nimbula Director is licensed on an annual subscription basis and includes both maintenance and support services. For details on pricing, please contact us by visiting http://nimbula.com/company/contact.

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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