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Nimbula, Inc
"Privately held company
Industry Private and Public "cloud computing, "Internet hosting services
Fate Acquired by "Oracle Corporation
Founded April 10, 2010 (2010 -04-10) (formerly known, in stealth mode, as Benguela, late 2008)
Products Nimbula Director
Website Nimbula.com

Nimbula was a computer software company that existed from 2008 to 2013. It developed software for the implementation of public and private "cloud computing environments.



The company was first incorporated as Benguela, based in "Menlo Park, California with a development center in "Cape Town, "South Africa.[1][2] It was founded in late 2008 by Chris Pinkham and "Willem Van Biljon, who had developed the "Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).[3] The company raised a total of $20.75 million in venture funding from "Sequoia Capital, "Accel Partners and "VMware.[4][5][6] Their software was designed to make it easier for service providers and enterprises to build, manage and deploy "infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings similar to Amazon EC2.

The company emerged from "stealth mode in June 2010 and changed its name to Nimbula.[7][8] "Diane Greene and "Roelof Botha became members of the board of directors at that time.[7][3] Eventually the company had its office in "Mountain View, California. A public "beta version of its software was announced in December 2010.[9] Nimbula Director 1.0 was released in April 2011.[10] Nimbula was Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Cloud Management by "Gartner in April 2012.[11]

In October 2012, Nimbula joined the "OpenStack Foundation.[12]

In March 2013, Nimbula was acquired by "Oracle Corporation.[13]


Nimbula Director software allows users to implement IaaS-style "private, "public and "hybrid clouds. The software was aimed at both enterprise customers and service providers. It can manage both on- and off-premises infrastructure through a Web UI, an API or a command line interface.

Nimbula Director’s features include:

Nimbula's license agreement allowed deployment of the software on up to 40 "CPU cores without a license fee.[14]

Release History[edit]

Product Released Highlighted features
Nimbula Director v1.0 April 6, 2011
Nimbula Director v1.5 September 26, 2011[14]
  • Policy-based automation
  • Persistent block store
  • Customizable installer for OS
Nimbula Director v2.0.1[15] June 14, 2012
Nimbula Director v2.0.2[16] July 30, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.3[17] August 7, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.3.1[18] September 12, 2012
  • Maintenance release
Nimbula Director v2.0.4[19] November 14, 2012
  • Maintenance release


  1. ^ Charles Babcock (August 26, 2010). "Nimbula Secures $15 Million Venture Capital Investment". Information Week. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jon Brodkin (June 15, 2010). "Amazon EC2 creators to launch cloud computing start-up: Benguela building cloud infrastructure software, with focus on virtualization". Network World. 
  3. ^ a b Patrick Hoge (June 21, 2010). "Amazon vets start cloud computing firm". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://gigaom.com/cloud/the-20-million-club-10-well-funded-cloud-startups/
  5. ^ https://venturebeat.com/2010/08/23/nimbula-funding/
  6. ^ http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/06/former-aws-execs-launch-nimbula.php
  7. ^ a b "Diane Greene is back: Nimbula leaves the stealth mode and enters the IaaS cloud computing market". Virtualization.com. June 23, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/062310-amazon-ec2-cloud-startup.html
  9. ^ Antone Gonsalves (December 7, 2010). "Nimbula Launches Cloud OS In Public Beta". Information Week. 
  10. ^ "Nimbula Announces Immediate Availability of Nimbula Director 1.0". Press release. April 6, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nimbula Named a 'Cool Vendor' in Cloud Management by Leading Analyst Firm". Press release. April 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://nimbula.com/news/press_release/nimbula-joins-openstack-community/
  13. ^ http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/acquisitions/nimbula/index.html
  14. ^ a b "Nimbula Releases Nimbula Director 1.5 and Expands Cloud Partner Ecosystem". Press release. September 26, 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/387/
  16. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/406/
  17. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/410/
  18. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/439/
  19. ^ https://nimbula.com/secure/products/release_note/476/

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