Nimbula Adds Support for Cloud Foundry, vSphere

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Cloud OS start-up Nimbula announced the addition of support for VMware and vSphere within Nimbula Director. Nimbula, which emerged from stealth mode in June 2010, was founded by former Amazon executives Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon, who led the development of the Amazon EC2 public cloud service. Nimbula’s partners include Intel, RedHat, Scality, Opscode, Puppet Labs and others. The company is located in Mountain View, CA.

The two developments announced today include:

  • VMware Cloud Foundry, an open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), will be integrated with Nimbula Director using Nimbula’s Virtual Services framework.
  • Nimbula Director will add support for VMware vSphere, which will enable customers to leverage Nimbula’s orchestration features on top of the VMware vSphere cloud infrastructure platform. The support will be available in an upcoming version of Numbula Director.

“Cloud Foundry is a good example of how PaaS can help IT accelerate application delivery and therefore innovation,” said Willem van Biljon, co-founder and VP of Products at Nimbula. “We are committed to delivering great infrastructure support for it and helping further the transition to a developer friendly world.”

Cloud Foundry is an open Platform as a Service for the cloud, giving developers a choice of clouds to which to deploy their applications, according to Jerry Chen, vice president, cloud application platform product management, VMware. “We’re delighted Nimbula’s Cloud Foundry integration is giving developers yet another option in a multi-cloud world.”

Nimbula Director Virtual Services is a framework that facilitates the provisioning of application, network and core services on top of Nimbula Director. Services run inside a virtual machine providing isolation, high availability and elasticity. With this integration, Nimbula Director now includes:

  • Auto-scaling Cloud Foundry:
    Nimbula Director’s Virtual Services will detect when the pool of available Droplet Execution Agents (DEAs) are fully occupied, and automatically start new virtual machines to expand the pool of DEAs. Auto-scaling is also enabled for other Cloud Foundry related services like MongoDB and Redis.
  • Auto discovery of services:
    Cloud Foundry on Nimbula Director can provide fully dynamic service discovery, paving the way for auto-scaling Cloud Foundry. This capability creates a simplified model for dynamic service discovery, even across multi-node configurations.
  • Strong identity and security for multi-tenancy:
    Running Cloud Foundry on Nimbula’s unique IaaS platform, PaaS deployments from multiple tenants can be run in a shared cloud with complete isolation from each other. The PaaS applications and end users for one tenant will be completely isolated from each other in terms of identity, network access, and resource contention.

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