Nimbula, a cloud operating system company, announced Monday 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 private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure and is available for download
Nimbula Director 1.5 supports a geographically distributed cloud, whose software can manage this multi-site cloud from a single view. This 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 features, such as 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 range of vendors, and simplicity with flexibility provides a customizable installer for packaging a choice of operating system, drivers and management software.
Nimbula continues to grow its 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.”
Nimbula announced Monday partnerships with Atalanta Systems, Electric Cloud and Standing Cloud in order to provide the optimal platform for developers to build and deploy applications.
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,” said Helena Nelson-‐Smith, founder and CEO of Atalanta Systems. “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,” Smith added.
Nimbula and Electric Cloud 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,” said Mike Maciag, CEO of Electric Cloud. “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,” Maciag added.
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,” said David J. Jilk, CEO of Standing Cloud. “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,” Jilk added.
Nimbula also announced Monday partnerships with Gluster and Scality to expand Nimbula Director’s support for persistent storage solutions with storage vendors.
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,” said Lori Budin, VP, Channels and Partnerships at Gluster. 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,” Budin added.
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,” said Brad King, director of customer architecture at Scality. “Together these solutions provide an integrated private, public or hybrid cloud offering,” King added.
Nimbula Director 1.5 is available for download online. 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.