Nimbula Announces Public Beta for Cloud Operating System Software

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Based on the company's cloud operating system technology, Director delivers Amazon EC2-like services behind the firewall.

At the Gartner Data Center Conference, Nimbula, a cloud operating system company, today announced the availability of the public beta of its Nimbula Director product, which delivers Amazon EC2-like services behind the firewall. The software is now available for free download via the company’s Website, according to a company release. Director is designed to transform inefficient and under-utilized private data centers into more configurable compute capacity while supporting controlled access to off-premise clouds.

Director provides utility-grade cloud features such as policy based authorization, enabling secure multitenancy, topology-independent distributed network security and monitoring and metering. Director also provides highly automated deployment and cloud management to scale and facilitates migration of existing applications into the cloud by supporting multiplatform environments and flexible networking and storage.

"Midsize and large organizations have a growing interest in cloud computing as they see how private cloud computing can help them gain more control over their infrastructure," said Tom Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "This interest is turning into real activity and near-term spending on private cloud solutions."

Jim Harding, chief technology officer at Sabey, who has built and operates data centers, said they have been working with the Nimbula team over the past few months as they marched toward the availability of the public beta of Nimbula Director. "Director is delivering on the team's vision and will help us reach new levels of agility with our infrastructure," he said. "As an IT team, we will be able to focus on services delivery and innovation."

Dave Bartoletti, senior analyst at IT research firm Taneja Group, noted more and more frequently, they hear from companies eager to realize the proven benefits of the public cloud infrastructure in their own data centers, and to do so, they need a fundamentally new approach to how they manage their private infrastructure.

"As data centers continue to scale, virtualization alone is no longer enough to deliver higher levels of automation, efficiency and agility -- what's needed is the right cloud operating system," he said. "Nimbula Director has an innovative architecture which delivers higher service-levels from existing infrastructures and also provides a solid platform on which to develop new cloud-based services to extract even more value from IT investments, both on- and off-premises."