March 13, 2013 – Oracle announced Wednesday its intentions to buy Nimbula, a cloud infrastructure vendor with roots in Amazon’s cloud origins.

In a brief statement on the deal early Wednesday, Oracle touted “complimentary” capabilities in Nimbula’s technology for managing infrastructure resources and workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Oracle anticipated that the deal would close in the first quarter of this year.

Founded by team members that developed the Amazon EC2 cloud, Nimbula targets operational efficiency and scale in the public cloud with its flagship product, Nimbula Director. Nimbula has offices in Mountain View, Calif. and Cape Town, South Africa. In October, Nimbula joined the OpenStack standards development community.

After some dismissals in past years, Oracle has been full-boar with cloud messaging and plans, particularly since its OpenWorld event in the fall and during a call with media in January led by President Mark Hurd and EVP Thomas Kurian. To that end, Oracle acquired cloud revenue and performance management vendor Eloqua for approximately $871 million at the end of 2012, but has been quiet on the M&A cloud front in the first quarter of the year until Wednesday’s proposal.

Even with slowed growth in enterprise information management offerings in general, the cloud – and particularly areas around SDNs and virtualization – are positioned for big buyouts and mergers throughout 2013, according to industry watchers PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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