Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

March 13, 2013

Oracle to Acquire Private Cloud Software Provider Nimbula

In an effort to strengthen its private cloud offerings, tech icon Oracle (News - Alert) has revealed its plans to acquire Nimbula, a private cloud infrastructure management software startup. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Nimbula’s technology is designed to help companies manage infrastructure resources to deliver service, quality and availability, as well as workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was founded bythe team that developed Amazon’s EC2 public cloud service.

The company’s flagship product, Nimbula Director, “combines the flexibility, scalability and operational efficiencies of the public cloud with the control, security and trust of today’s most advanced data centers,” according to the company’s website.

“Nimbula’s product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to be integrated with Oracle’s cloud offerings,” Oracle said in a March 13 statement.

Nimbula’s Director technology is used for: software development and testing; software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) hosting; HPC, batch processing and analytics and elastic Hadoop; general purpose private/hybrid cloud; and building a public cloud and providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services, similar to Amazon EC2.

In October 2012, Nimbula joined the OpenStack community, upgrading its technology to have full API compatibility for OpenStack.

Oracle has steadily increased its investments in cloud, but has little to show for it thus far. It’s been three years since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems (News - Alert) – a deal that has already paid for itself, Oracle president Mark Hurd said earlier this year during a press update that focused on the company’s cloud strategy.

At that time, Hurd called the deal “phenomenal” and said that the company’s cash flow in relation to the purchase price of $7.4 billion has “more than” paid for Oracle’s well-publicized 2009 acquisition.

In December 2012, Oracle reported revenue was up three percent to $9.1 billion. Additionally, software license updates and cloud software revenue was up 17 percent to $2.4 billion.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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