Interview with Reza Malekzadeh of Nimbula

By Reza Malekzadeh (Profile)
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Friday, February 1st 2013
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VSM: What are some of the main challenges that your customers are trying to solve through cloud computing?

RM: We have a variety of customers, including software, Internet and government organizations. One of the main challenges that customers come to us with is bringing applications faster to production and creating a scalable and automated infrastructure. By doing so, they are able to streamline the process of infrastructure provisioning and increase productivity overall. Our API-driven, elastic system proved successful when hosting applications and the secure self-servicing model allowed for customers to have a robust cloud platform to work on.

For example, recently Thunderhead.com, a UK headquartered global software company, leveraged Nimbula Director to enable its transition from packaged software to SaaS delivery. Enabling this shift in product and business model, Nimbula Director allowed Thunderhead to automate their software stack, as well as respond to changing demands and environmental conditions.

VSM: What are the main benefits of your flagship product, Nimbula Director?

RM: Our goal is to ensure that customers are able to rely on Nimbula Director for the majority of their needs and feel confident in doing so. We look at the cloud platform as a one-stop shop: delivering a high level  of self-service, automation, and application orchestration features. Timing and simplicity make Nimbula Director that much more attractive for enterprises looking to make the move to the cloud. Within hours, enterprises and service providers are able to build fully functional, large-scale infrastructure services from bare metal. The ease of use stems from the fact that Nimbula Director isolates customers from the operational and hardware complexities that are common when deploying to a private, hybrid or public cloud.

VSM: Why should businesses turn to the cloud and what are some of the factors they should keep in mind when doing so?

RM: Simply put, the cloud enables end users to service their own IT needs in a frictionless manner, making the business much more agile. Secondly, it also has an impact on costs within an organization by providing a high degree of transparency and significantly reducing the administrative expense commonly related to workload provisioning and other such opex. However, when moving applications to the cloud, organizations must choose the right kind of applications. By narrowing down on the type of applications for the cloud, organizations can make best use of it and see a significant impact to their workflow. The best fits tend to be scale-out load balanced applications with stateless instances and batch processing applications.

VSM: What are the main benefits of a private or hybrid cloud?

RM: The cloud has understandably raised questions regarding security and privacy. By using a private or hybrid cloud, organizations and government agencies are able to have efficient resource utilization and control, without any of the security concerns. Further, by using a hybrid cloud, organizations are able to manage high demand with the agility to burst into the public cloud. At Nimbula, we’ve developed our product to seamlessly handle this switch in the hybrid cloud through an API, ensuring strict policy adherence thereby removing any security concerns. It is very easy for an organization to switch to private or hybrid clouds by using our software.