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Why We Win with Blue Box Cloud

Why We Win with Blue Box Cloud

Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) is a powerful model, but its value is often misunderstood. During the first year of Blue Box Cloud general availability, the most consistent question I received was, “Why an OpenStack hosted private cloud?” And the answer can be distilled down to these concepts:
  • Security
  • Compliance
  • Control
  • Performance

Our success in offering Blue Box Cloud can be traced back to one or more of these concepts in most cases, and it’s my intent to explain each of them to enable clear discussion with those evaluating a hosted, managed private cloud like ours.

SECURITY: IT IS PRIVATE CLOUD, AFTER ALL

Security is the most basic value-add of Blue Box...

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Quit Yo Jibba Jabba and Get Ready for OpenStack Summit Vancouver

Quit Yo Jibba Jabba and Get Ready for OpenStack Summit Vancouver

We’re less than three weeks away from OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, BC. It’s time to start thinking about your schedule for the event.

Blue Box will exhibit in booth T5, and we pity the fool who doesn’t come visit us in the booth or see one of our sessions:

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Hope Ale Be Seeing You at OpenStack Summit

Hope Ale Be Seeing You at OpenStack Summit

OpenStack Summit is just on the horizon (no pun intended), and once again it's in our backyard: beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia! This will be the fourth summit I've attended.

The first was in Portland, another fantastic Pacific Northwest town, just after my first OpenStack project. I met lots of new people and made some great connections that have been invaluable over time. The following year, I attended the Atlanta summit where I spoke on a couple of topics and had many great hallway and barroom conversations that deepened the relationships I'd...

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HIMSS15: Healthcare Needs a Cloud Wellness Plan

HIMSS15: Healthcare Needs a Cloud Wellness Plan

The healthcare world is often overwhelming, and as a first time HIMSS exhibitor we were amazed at the scale and complexity of the event, not to mention the number of “cloud” providers who didn’t actually offer cloud services.

The frenzy of activity at HIMSS15 was a fitting reflection of the overwhelming nature of the healthcare system. Fortunately, we got better and better at navigating the show as the conference progressed, made great connections and left with significant promise for building new relationships in the industry.

The mammoth size and scope of the show serves as a fitting metaphor for...

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Good, Bad & Ugly at Interop Cloud Connect

Good, Bad & Ugly at Interop Cloud Connect

Let’s Go “All In” at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

If you’re headed to Interop the week of April 27, stop by and see the Blue Box team at booth 943. And I hope you’ll join me in the Cloud Connect track.

Have you been wondering if OpenStack is worth betting on?

I’ll be presenting a 30-minute session on Wednesday, April 29, from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. In “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of OpenStack Operations”, I’ll share in detail what it takes to actually operate an OpenStack cloud in production, drawing on three years of first-hand experience operating OpenStack clouds...

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#CUBEmadness 2015: Proudman Shoots… He SCORES!

#CUBEmadness 2015: Proudman Shoots… He SCORES!

The results are in, and our own Jesse Proudman is the winner of theCUBE’s tongue-in-cheek play on March Madness, CUBEmadness.

A Big Thanks!

A big thanks to everyone who voted for Jesse through each round, and major props to the cloud luminaries who squared off against Jesse at each round:

  • First Round: Joshua McKenty of Pivotal (@jmckenty)
  • Round of Thirty Two: Bill Schmarzo of EMC (@schmarzo)
  • Sweet Sixteen: Charles Phillips of Infor (@cpinfor)
  • Elite Eight: Lew Tucker of Cisco (@lewtucker)
  • Final Four:...

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CUBEmadness: The Finals   Pam Murphy vs Jesse Proudman

CUBEmadness: The Finals   Pam Murphy vs Jesse Proudman

theCUBE is “the leading live interview show covering enterprise technology and innovation.”

In 2014, members of theCUBE traveled to over 60 tech shows and interviewed over 1,000 tech thought leaders. They kicked off the CUBEmadness tournament last month, and now it’s down to the Final Two: Pam Murphy of Infor and our own Jesse Proudman. Show your support for Jesse with these two downloads, including a poster-sized version!

Jesse Proudman Cube Madness Finals Image

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Cloud is Perfect for Financial Services; Financial Services are Perfect for Blue Box PCaaS

Cloud is Perfect for Financial Services; Financial Services are Perfect for Blue Box PCaaS

Financial services organizations were among the earliest enterprise adopters of cloud computing. The ability to leverage massive compute, storage and networking resources via RESTful APIs and automated tools like Chef and Puppet made it possible for their high-horsepower IT users to develop a whole new array of applications. Companies like Wells Fargo, Fidelity and BBVA are visible, vocal and engaged supporters of the OpenStack community, running production clouds for applications ranging from dev/test and backup/DR to customer-facing applications that give them a competitive edge by rolling out new and improved software products faster than their peers.

And it’s not just banks. Companies in the extended financial services market are embracing cloud for its agility, speed and ability to innovate new applications fast.

Why not public cloud for financial services?

Consistently, customers and prospects tell us that security and performance are the top reasons they are looking at private cloud over public cloud. This common...

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The View From The Summit Looks Bright: OpenStack Summit Vancouver

The View From The Summit Looks Bright: OpenStack Summit Vancouver

On May 18, Blue Box will descend on Vancouver, BC along with about 5,000 other OpenStack developers and users. This is our 5th Summit, and we’ve been active participants in the OpenStack ecosystem since 2012.

Vancouver’s mountain backdrop is a great visual metaphor for this Summit: OpenStack has summited its first major peak. As recently as two years ago, OpenStack was a science experiment. Today, it’s emerged out of the fog, running in scale-out production environments and supporting mission-critical workloads for big-time brands like Walmart, PayPal, Best Buy, Bloomberg, Wells...

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The World of Cloud Computing Comes Together: Be a Part of Cloud Expo NY

The World of Cloud Computing Comes Together: Be a Part of Cloud Expo NY

Cloud Expo New York is happening from June 9 – 11. This event brings together the worlds of Cloud Computing, DevOps, IoT, WebRTC, Big Data and SDDC.

We hope to see you there—members of the Blue Box team will exhibit in booth 218 next to the DevOps area. Plus, our Chief Product Officer, Hernan Alvarez, will present his talk “The Cloud Has a Down-and-Dirty Lining” as part of the Operations track in the DevOps Summit portion of the event on June 9 at 11 am. Learn more about his session here.

To schedule time to meet...

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