Cloud Provider DigitalOcean Buys Serverless Platform Provider Nimbella

Serverless platform provider Nimbella has been acquired by cloud provider DigitalOcean for an undisclosed sum of money. The acquisition would broaden DigitalOcean’s capabilities in the fast-growing Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) market and add a serverless compute offering to the company’s existing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings, which are aimed at developers in SMB companies.

Nimbella was created to help developers overcome the barriers to serverless computing adoption. Nimbella is based on Kubernetes and Apache OpenWhisk, two established open-source technologies that are suitable for production. Nimbella would cater to the requirements of event-driven and long-running systems, as well as more complicated use cases including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

As application developers construct new apps and APIs, or update existing ones in cloud-native settings, serverless computing would reduce the operational burden. Serverless may allow for quick development and deployment, allowing organizations to save development costs and boost productivity without losing performance.

“Serverless computing is the next evolution of cloud that further removes the need for developers to manage complex infrastructure. We are excited to have Nimbella join DigitalOcean to address specific needs often requested by our customers and fills a gap in the current serverless offerings in the market,” said Yancey Spruill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at DigitalOcean. “People want to access the benefits of serverless capabilities without a significant learning curve and they want functionality and pricing that is easy to understand and predictable. Nimbella provides all of this with the same simplicity and open-source software standards that are core value propositions for DigitalOcean.”

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Photo Yancey Spruill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at DigitalOcean
“Serverless computing is the next evolution of cloud that further removes the need for developers to manage complex infrastructure,” said Yancey Spruill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at DigitalOcean.

In the first half of 2022, DigitalOcean aims to completely integrate Nimbella’s serverless service and deliver it under the DigitalOcean brand.

“Our mission has been clear since the beginning – to build a serverless platform that unlocks the power and capabilities of the cloud for developers of all skill sets. This in turn allows new applications and APIs to be created faster, more securely and more economically. Joining DigitalOcean provides us a tremendous opportunity to accelerate this vision,” said Anshu Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Nimbella. “We are looking forward to integrating the Nimbella serverless platform with DigitalOcean’s core services and products and empowering developers and SMBs to build and scale their cloud applications and APIs with the same ease and simplicity they have come to expect from DigitalOcean.”

DigitalOcean will continue to assist existing Nimbella users with bug fixes and security upgrades to the old Nimbella platform while they work on incorporating Nimbella into the DigitalOcean platform. Once they introduce their integrated solution, which is expected to be broadly accessible in the first half of 2022, new users will be able to use these serverless features on DigitalOcean.