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IBM Makes OpenStack Blue Box Available In All Data Centres

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Users can now deploy and manage their applications on OpenStack-based private clouds from IBM Cloud data centres worldwide

IBM’s OpenStack-powered Blue Box will now be available from all of its global data centres running on SoftLayer.

IBM acquired Blue Box almost three months ago, and has now managed to successfully turn the private-cloud-as-a-service platform into a bonafide IBM product, designed to increase OpenStack adoption.


“I’ve been impressed by the way the IBM and Blue Box engineering teams have collaborated to quickly bring Blue Box Cloud to a worldwide infrastructure platform,” said Jesse Proudman, CTO at Blue Box.


Blue Box, a Seattle-based company, was founded in 2003 as a hosting provider, but recently upped its game into cloud. The company has posted impressive figures of late. In 2013, Blue Box claimed to have seen a three-year revenue growth of 399 percent, but IBM’s June acquisition figure was not disclosed.

>The purchase upped IBM’s game in its open cloud strategy, claiming to make it easier for customers to enter hybrid cloud.

Customers can consume IBM’s Blue Box OpenStack-powered infrastructure from a data centre in their preferred location around the world, isolating data within SoftLayer’s global data centres, which will naturally reduce any latency and possibly improve performance overall.

“Today, we’ve taken a big step toward our goal of delivering private clouds to customers anywhere in the world,” said Proudman. “We’re offering deployment timelines that are unheard of within traditional private cloud.”

The announcement is the first of many expected at the 2015 OpenStack Silicon Valley event, which TechWeekEurope is attending.

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