Startup firm Nimbula is preparing to release a new cloud platform designed to make it easier for enterprises to build and operate an internal cloud for scale-out applications, likening it to having a behind-the-firewall version of Amazon's EC2 service.
Nimbula joins a growing number of vendors offering a cloud platform. However, the company explained that it is not trying to compete with players such as VMware and Microsoft, but is focused instead on infrastructure-as-a-service akin to EC2, and providing automation to make it simpler to manage.
The firm has existed for only a couple of years, but lists several notable executives from Amazon and VMware on its team, including both founders of Amazon's EC2 cloud service and former VMware chief executive Diane Greene.
Reza Malekzadeh, vice president of marketing at Nimbula and a former VMware executive, said that the company aims to offer the same benefits of public clouds to medium or large enterprises, but behind the firewall.
The company has also had a lot of interest from potential public cloud service providers, he added.
"Today, there is more interest in clouds than just getting cost savings. Companies are using them to do things they couldn't do before, but there are still issues with public clouds around service levels and security and privacy, " Malekzadeh said.
The Nimbula Director cloud operating system is designed to take machines from bare metal and build the infrastructure on top of them.
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