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Benguela Technologies / Nimbula

Oracle and Nimbula

The company was first incorporated as Benguela, based in Menlo Park, California with a development center in Cape Town, South Africa.

It was founded in late 2008 by Chris Pinkham and Willem Van Biljon, who had developed the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The company raised a total of $20.75 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and VMware. Their software was designed to make it easier for service providers and enterprises to build, manage and deploy infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings similar to Amazon EC2.

The company emerged from stealth mode in June 2010 and changed its name to Nimbula. Diane Greene and Roelof Botha became members of the board of directors at that time. Eventually the company had its office in Mountain View, California. A public beta version of its software was announced in December 2010. Nimbula Director 1.0 was released in April 2011. Nimbula was Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Cloud Management by Gartner in April 2012.

In October 2012, Nimbula joined the OpenStack Foundation.

In March 2013, Nimbula was acquired by Oracle Corporation.


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