People with their eyes trained on Chris Kemp -- NASA's ex-CTO who left the agency about two years ago to create a startup -- may have started to think that his cloud computing machine plans were made of pure vapor. But this week Kemp and his team launched Nebula, which makes the Nebula One controller -- an enterprise cloud computer designed to make the setup of large cloud server arrays a simpler process, devoid of unnecessary setup and maintenance.
When connected to servers from other manufacturers via the 2u slot on a server rack, the Nebula One's operating system turns all hardware into a unified cloud array that relies on the OpenStack cloud software platform API. Administrators who buy into Nebula One (pricing starts at about $100,000) can scale up: it supports 1,600 processor cores, 9.4TB of memory and 2.3PB of storage space. In this way, even a company with enormous space needs can create its own hosted cloud solution, rather than relying exclusively on renting space from companies like Google and Amazon.
Nebula is already talking about one of its first customers: PARC, the well-known research and development group, will use Nebula One as its "private cloud infrastructure," and believes the hardware/software solution will cut down on months of time spent cobbling together cloud server tools.
Rachel Rosmarin's technology experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys and innovative social software at publications including Tom’s Guide, Forbes, 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture from Northwestern University and is based in Los Angeles.
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