Former NASA CTO Launches Cloud Computing Start-up Nebula

Posted on July 28, 2011

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Chris C. Kemp plans to change fundamentals of computing business


Former NASA CTO Chris C. Kemp is behind a new start-up project called Nebula that is intended to enable businesses t deploy large private cloud computing infrastructure with minimal efforts, the company said in a press release. Nebula employs former leading engineers from NASA, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, planning to change the fundamental economics of computing, applying OpenStack to provide solutions previously available only to large corporations.

“As original creators of OpenStack, this team has the unique expertise to deliver simplicity, scale, speed and low cost for enterprise cloud computing. Until today, this computing power has only been accessible to organizations like NASA and a small number of elite Silicon Valley companies,” Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula, said. “We intend to bring it to the rest of the world,” he added.

Chris C. Kemp plans to change fundamentals of computing business

The company attracted seed investors like Andy Bechtolsheim, David Cheriton and Ram Shriram, who were among the first to invest in Google years ago, and is backed by venture capital firsm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners.

“Nebula will disrupt and democratize cloud computing.” John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said in the company press release.

Nebula supports standard commodity servers from today’s enterprise vendors as well as Facebook’s Open Compute platform, allowing businesses to take advantage of inexpensive servers that provide the same efficiency as higher class hardware.

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