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Oracle acquire Nimbula – for software or for OpenStack?

Chris Mayer
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Ellison’s company are still trying to work out where their cloud fits in – will Amazon EC2 experience help them out?

Oracle have snapped up private cloud startup Nimbula, but
the purchase appears to be for their hybrid cloud software and
experience, rather than just to get a foot in the OpenStack
camp.

Yesterday’s acquisition of the private cloud infrastructure
management provider could potentially open an entirely new world to
the previously cloud-hesitant Oracle. Launched by former Amazon Web
Services EC2 employees Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon in
2010,
Nimbula
were quick on the scene with their private cloud stack. Yet
with open clouds gaining maturity (and industry backing), the
company chose to pivot, adding full API compatibility for the
dominant open cloud technology, OpenStack.

In a
short joint statement,
the duo say that
“Nimbula’s product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to
be integrated” into the database giant’s line of cloud products
when the undisclosed transaction is completed in the first half of
this year. Further technical details are sketchy, with both keeping
their hands hidden for the time being.

Acquiring a company with OpenStack experience does give
Oracle a route into the 150 vendor-strong foundation, with


Nimbula joining the cloud collective last October
.
Competitor VMware’s purchase of OpenStack card-carrying member
Nicira recently got them to the top table, so by proxy, Oracle will
be interested to monitor the project’s progress.

But it’s unlikely they’ll want to dive in headfirst. Much
more important for Oracle is making sense of its own cloud
infrastructure, with it lacking certain features such as scaling
out to a large number of servers. The wealth of experience Nimbula
brings to the table, with the two co-founders instrumental in EC2’s
early development, is arguably much more valuable to Oracle in the
long-run, should they want to go toe-to-toe with Amazon.

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