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But, at least one channel partner doubts whether the private cloud alternative has strong business potential over the long haul.
"The cloud sector is super-hot right now," said Tony Safoian, president of SADA Systems, a North Hollywood, Calif.-based channel partner. "So people are making a lot of acquisitions aimed at solidifying their position as key players. We're big proponents of public cloud. We think the private cloud is a stopgap for the medium-term of maybe 10 to 15 years. But, we are much more interested in developing services and technologies in the public cloud because that's where we ultimately think things are going. When it comes to the cloud, Oracle is way behind in the cloud evolution."
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. An Oracle spokesperson declined further comment, but the blogger sphere clearly expects that the technology will be integrated into the Oracle Private Cloud initiative, which was announced last year as a logical extension of the company's publicly hosted cloud service. Within such an environment, customers are enabled to both choose which cloud they prefer their data to reside and leverage the public cloud for backup and disaster recovery, if so desired.
"Consolidation and increased competition are to be expected at this point in the maturing cycle, so this comes as no surprise," said Allen Falcon, CEO of Cumulus Global, a Westborough, Mass.-based cloud integrator. "There's not much you can do to navigate around it from a channel point of view. We just have to wait and see what they do with the product lines and make decisions based on what is good for the customer base. We always need to have a plan B in place and, if possible, a plan C."
Nimbula was co-founded by Chris Pinkham and other members of the team that developed the Amazon EC2 service.