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Oracle buys Nimbula

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Nimbula, a cloud operating system provider founded by the South African team that developed Amazon's EC2 public cloud infrastructure, has been bought by US enterprise software giant Oracle.

In a brief announcement on its blog, Oracle says it has agreed to acquire Nimbula, a provider of private cloud infrastructure management software. Nimbula, which provides cloud infrastructure software for building Amazon EC2-like private, hybrid or public cloud, joined the OpenStack community last year.

"Nimbula's technology helps companies manage infrastructure resources to deliver service, quality and availability, as well as workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments," says Oracle. Nimbula's product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to be integrated with Oracle's cloud offerings.

Former Amazon executives, who led the development of EC2 public cloud service, Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon, launched Nimbula in the middle of 2010. The entity says on its Web site that it was founded by the team that "developed the industry-leading Amazon EC2 public cloud service".

Nimbula had been operating in stealth mode since early 2009 with $5.75 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and VMware.

Prior to founding Nimbula, Pinkham was VP of engineering at Amazon and leader of the group that planned and developed Amazon EC2. Before joining Amazon, Pinkham founded what is claimed to be the first Internet service provider in Africa, which was acquired by UUNET.

Co-founder Willem van Biljon led the Amazon EC2 development effort, before which he was a co-founder of Mosaic Software, which was acquired by S1 Corp.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Nimbula is currently headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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