NIMBOXX describes itself as the “Atomic Unit of Software-Defined Data Centers.” The phrase is more than just a slogan; this distinction has helped NIMBOXX separate itself from other software defined data center solutions. Texas Tech has taken notice of NIMBOXX and subsequently partnered up with the upstart cloud service. More specifically, KFYO reports that “NIMBOXX has joined the Texas Tech University Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center as an industry advisory board member.”
Texas Tech’s Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center is nationally recognized as being only one of five cloud based research centers that receive funding from the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program. COIC’s website shows that Dr. Alan Sill, Dr. Ravi Vadapalli and Dr. Yong Chen are the academic leaders of the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center. Texas Tech and NIMBOXX will work on creating a more agile IaaS system that can support the world’s largest organizations.
NIMBOXX founder Rocky Bullock mentions, “Though cloud computing is clearly experiencing growth, the lack of mature cloud standards is a critical industry inhibitor right now.” In regards to the Texas Tech partnership, Bullock followed up by saying, “Having more pervasive standards would allow developers, vendors and users to focus on higher level capabilities and less on reinventing common features. We’re proud to support the work of the CAC@TTU to develop and promote trusted and reliable cloud offerings that leverage our own deep experience in cloud, virtualization and systems management technologies.”
NIMBOXX seems to be getting a lot of coverage from industry analysts as well. John Abbott, an analyst with 451 Research, comments on NIMBOXX by saying, “Second-wave converged infrastructure startups have learned from their older peers and refined their approach. One such is NIMBOXX, which has just come out of stealth mode and introduced its first products.” Abbott continues by saying, “This new wave of companies is much more aware of the general push toward ‘software-defined’ platforms using modular, open software stacks to avoid hardware lock-in while still taking advantage of more efficient and dense system architectures.”