Oracle to buy private cloud startup Nimbula

With an eye to bolster its hybrid cloud efforts, enterprise software pioneer Oracle Corp. is acquiring Nimbula, a cloud infrastructure management software startup founded by Amazon Web Services veterans Willem van Biljon and Chris Pinkham.

Nimbula, which calls itself a "Cloud Operating System company", is best known for its flagship software Nimbula Director that helps customers to design, deploy and configure workloads across both public as well private clouds. The popular software is best suited for a range of different cloud computing tasks, including distributed software development, IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service), SaaS (software-as-a-service), batch processing, hosting as well as Hadoop deployments.

In a brief statement announcing the acquisition, Oracle stated that the product offered by Nimbula was complementary to Oracle's own services.

The transaction is likely to be closed in within the first half of 2013. However, no specifics were provided about the financial terms of the deal.

Oracle has been on a shopping spree of late, seeking multiple acquisitions throughout the past year. In 2012, the company had agreed to purchase as many as 11 companies including Virtue, Taleo, Skire and Eloqua. Continuing that trend, Oracle stated last month that it was willing to buy Acme Packet, a networking technology company, for for $2.1 billion (just under £1.5 billion).