Nebula Builds on Cosmos for Enterprise OpenStack Deployments

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 18, 2014

Nebula, which bills itself as an enterprise private cloud company and is focused on OpenStack, is not exactly just another player in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company is funded by noted backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast Ventures, but even more notably, the company was founded by Chris Kemp, who helped launch OpenStack back when he was NASA's CTO.

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 The company has just announced new new additions to Nebula Cosmos, which is enterprise software that focuses on fast deployment, management, and monitoring of OpenStack private clouds.

According to the company:

"Currently, enterprises are experiencing a tectonic shift in cloud computing where they are moving the majority of their cloud investments from infrastructure towards applications. Enterprises want the cost benefits of public cloud offerings, but the control and scalability of a private cloud. For enterprises to achieve 'Google cost' without 'Google scale,' optimized software is key. By decoupling cost from scale, enterprises can focus on application innovation versus infrastructure integration of IT resources."

"Now that OpenStack has established itself and is showing signs of readiness for enterprise production use, the long wait as enterprises and service providers move from the sidelines into true implementations can take place in earnest," wrote James Staten, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., in a November 2014 blog post titled, As OpenStack Stabilizes Big Questions Remain for the Foundation.

At the end of last year, we predicted that there would be a major shift in many enterprises from evaluating OpenStack to deploying it, and that is now taking place. 

Nebula is an integrated system that "enables enterprises to deploy a private cloud infrastructure without utilizing extensive on-site IT resources, by seamlessly integrating with existing enterprise architecture and workflow," according to the company. The heart of the solution is the Nebula Cloud Controller and Cosmos, a curated OpenStack-based system used to orchestrate compute, storage, and network services.

"Our mission is to create a turnkey IT solution that transforms enterprises from a high cost legacy environment to a strategic private cloud environmentat all levels of scale," said Tina Nolte, vice president of products at Nebula, in a statement. "To do this we've built a product that allows for rapid deployment of OpenStack and seamless integration with existing identity, storage, and network configurations. With the latest release of Cosmos, we're empowering enterprise customers to leverage OpenStack private clouds and utilize existing enterprise workflows and architectures without added resources and cost." 

You can find out more about Nebula and its new offerings here.