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Nebulaworks – Building Enterprise Clouds And Enabling DevOps For Innovative Business

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If your company is looking to deploy services at high velocity and scale with cloud-native, web applications, Nebulaworks is right partner to assist you with enterprise cloud deployments. Chris Ciborowski, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Corona Del Mar, CA based Nebulaworks shares, more details in the interview below:

Chris CiborowskiQ: Chris, tell us something more about Nebulaworks and your services?

A: Nebulaworks’ focus is solely on assisting organizations with cloud deployments. Identifying and taking advantage of the promises made by the cloud begins with a deep understanding of cloud technologies and methodologies and how to align these to business requirements. Our services, technology expertise, and partner tools all revolve around supporting this single concept – which in many cases requires a logical, phased approach to adoption.

Q: How does Nebulaworks differ from other cloud solution integrator companies?

A: That is a good question, one we receive often. The answer is two-fold: The technologies we recommend and support are used in large-scale enterprise cloud deployments today, both commercial offerings backed by open source upstream projects or the open source bits themselves. These are cutting edge tools, used to deliver extreme scalability, agility, performance, and innovation. Secondly, our team is made up of consultants and engineers with many years of experience in the architecture and delivery of enterprise, high-performance UNIX and LINUX environments, application development, and technology operations. The approach to IaaS and PaaS, both on premise and off requires an understanding of these concepts and methodologies and how they can be integrated together to complete a solution greater than the sum of their parts.

Nebulaworks – Building Enterprise Clouds

Q: Your clouds extend beyond infrastructure as a service and enable innovative use cases, tell us something more?

A: This is a key value of working with Nebulaworks. A little background: Our initial thought was that enterprise uptake of IaaS – specifically OpenStack – was well on its way to seeing mainstream adoption. What we found was that while most companies had heard of IaaS, adopting the “field of dreams” approach (if you build it they will come) was not enough. Most applications, development and operations teams are just not aligned properly to take advantage of IaaS. By extending the reach and functionality of IaaS clouds with Platform as a Service and container-based application deployments, integrated with continuous delivery and deployment tools we are able to help the enterprise innovate and capture a competitive advantage. Solving for real-world business challenges with our use cases; such as the delivery of scalable mobile and web applications at high velocity with continuous delivery pipelines, easily allows organizations to map needs to technology. With this mapping in hand we shed light on why and how to deploy working clouds.

Q: What is the QuickStack Cloud Cell?

A: The QuickStack Cloud Cell is reference architecture for OpenStack deployments. We feel that an IaaS should be something that is easily operationalized…without needing to spend months determining what hardware and OpenStack configuration is required for turning up a private cloud. We have evaluated a number of hardware and OpenStack vendors and have developed an easy way to deploy OpenStack. Our Cells can be quickly turned up, either on premise or off, to begin testing existing applications, extend native support to PaaS and containerized services delivery, or repatriate IaaS services from public cloud computing providers. With a few questions, we can make recommendations on the easiest approach to get started.

Q: What are your plans for 2015?

A: Sustainable growth. We do not want to grow too large, too rapidly. This also will help maintain our culture. Both myself and my business partner, Gerry Fleming, want to keep the feel we have today where everyone is a contributor and working to enable “the new enterprise IT.” We also plan for continued sponsorship of technology meetups and events in Orange County and San Diego, helping to educate folks on new technology. Oh, and cannot forget about having fun too. Depending on the team member it could be anything from photography to golf, snowboarding, or pretending to be a race driver :)

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