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Nimbula Director Datasheet 1.5

At a Glance
Nimbula Director is a powerful cloud management system designed to deliver utility-grade cloud services. Built from the ground up, Nimbula Director has been custom engineered to provide a complete cloud management solution to address the needs of enterprise and service provider customers. It is differentiated by high levels of automation, flexibility, scalability, and security as well as integrated tools for control, compliance and resource accountability. More than ever, todays businesses demand far greater operational agility, flexibility, and control just to maintain their existing competitive advantages. At a minimum, businesses today must have: Autonomy and control of their own compute needs, delivered without red tape accelerating the development of new initiatives to market. Cost transparency that ties capital investments to business outcomes. Flexibility that allows businesses to choose the right tool for the right task while adhering to necessary security, compliance, or regulatory requirements. No organization is an island any longer collaboration must be easy to setup and tear down so business arrangements can be initiated, executed, modified, and returned without a massive effort from IT. Cloud is a technology that holds the promise to solve all these business computing dilemmas. Nimbula Director is the only cloud product that delivers.

How Nimbula Director works

Nimbula Director powerfully abstracts the underlying technology to present a coherent view of a completely automated on-premise compute and storage cloud. Providing a one-stop virtual data center management solution, Nimbula Director isolates customers from the operational and hardware complexity associated with deploying compute in the static private data center. A RESTful HTTP API provides a uniform and comprehensive interface to all aspects of cloud resource control, including access to both onpremise and external private and public clouds. Cloud resources can also be managed via a command line interface (CLI) and web control panel, built on top of the API. Beneath the virtual data center abstraction sits a physical layer of storage, network and compute hardware managed by multilayer control software. Nimbula integrates the Linux operating system and KVM hypervisor with node and network management software on each node to achieve automated deployment and configuration.

About Nimbula
Founded by the team that developed the industry-leading Amazon EC2 Public Cloud, Nimbula delivers a comprehensive cloud operating system that uniquely combines the scalability and operational efficiencies of the public cloud with the control, security and trust of todays most advanced data centers. Nimbula is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has a development team in South Africa. For more information, visit www.

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Nimbula Director 1.5

Nimbula Director runs on a single or multicluster site made up of a networked collection of x86 based (32- and 64-bit) computers. The machines comprising the Nimbula cluster(s) need to comply with the following hardware and software requirements:



Intel VT-x or AMD-V required, 64 bit recommended PAE support required Nimbula runs on 32 bit machines, but subject to the restriction that compute instances can not have more than 2GB of RAM. 2 or more cores recommended 1GB minimum , 4GB recommended 100GB required, 500GB-1.5TB recommended 100Mbps, PXE support 1Gbps recommended Nimbula supports any network cards supported by the Nimbula cloud base, either Debian 5.0 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 PXE support CPU Virtualization enabled At least 1 machine needs to have a CD/DVD-ROM drive to facilitate the installation of the seed node that then propagates via the network.

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Key Benefits
Increased business agility: Secure selfservice enables end users to experiment with new ideas any time and bring concepts to delivery orders of magnitude faster than ever before. Low cost cloud infrastructure: both capital and operational expenses are minimized through automation, the leveraging of commodity components, and the ability to manage multiple sites as a single resource pool. Security: Centralized network and authorization policies ensure that the right people are using the right resources at all times. Cost transparency: All cloud activity is logged, metered and assigned to users and accounts so that each tenant is aware of the costs incurred for their work. Controlled use of public cloud: Where private cloud capacity is insufficient, Nimbula Director seamlessly manages bursting to the public cloud and adds the controls necessary for IT to enforce the required compliance and policy. Public cloud becomes just one more tool in the IT toolkit IT once again becomes a partner for the business.

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Key Features
Low operations physical infrastructure: Lowest operational expense for highly scalable and dynamic clouds Very high degrees of cloud automation designed to work at very high scale 3000 nodes managed as simply and reliably as 3. A wide range of server, storage, and networking support allows you to choose what you are already comfortable with no need for retraining. Identity and permissions: Rock solid isolation between tenants with the industrys only system for secure collaboration Cloud administrators merely need to create the tenant administrative account and the tenants can do the rest on their own. Specific users and groups within tenants are delegated fine grained rights on specific objects Rights can even be delegated across tenants where appropriate Tenants can choose to be completely locked down, completely open, or to be selectively open for controlled and secure collaboration Network control: Flexible and scalable network security for any network architecture you choose Secure management of VLANs for multi-tenancy complete with support for broadcast and multicast A network independent firewall system that secures network traffic to preserve separation between cloud tenants, properly isolate traffic between users and groups within tenants, and secure what is inside the cloud from the outside world Enables end users to decide which workloads should be publicly exposed and which should only be accessible from within the cloud Storage automation: Optimizes storage costs by delivering the right storage for the right use at the right price with the right assurances Uses local disk where possible and remote storage where necessary When using remote storage, allows the restriction of the most expensive and capable storage to select users and groups Allows end users to decide which storage type to use for each workload if permitted to use more than one class Storage property abstraction and storage provisioning automation allows end user self-service while hiding the details of potentially hundreds of discrete back ends with a heterogeneous set of capabilities Use of widely and commonly implemented protocols supports hundreds of models of storage from dozens of vendors unparalleled choice in the cloud space


Self-service workflows: Getting IT out of the way of the business allowing the business and their end users to serve themselves and the rest of their organizations Tenant administrators determine - Who in their organization can do what activities on what resources within the tenant namespace - Which users and groups can collaborate with which other tenants End users, once given permission can - Manage their own VM images and can share the results of their work - Deploy, manage, and retire their own instances. - Configure their own setup, determining networking rules between their instances, instance placement policy, and post-deployment instance configuration CIO functionality: Providing transparency to the cloud consumer for cost justifying the activities of their end users Federation: Delivering the flexibility to run any workload on any cloud so long as the permissions permit the action, the resources are available, and the end user is willing to pay Enables multiple sites to be managed as a single cloud Facilitates burst out capability to Amazon EC2 with a single set of end user workflows, a single permissions system, and a single audit trail

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