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What Even is Technical Recruiting at OpenStack Summit (Or in General)?

What Even is Technical Recruiting at OpenStack Summit (Or in General)?

Before you read this post there are a few key things you must know about me:
  1. I just hit my 4-year mark of recruiting for OpenStack roles.
  2. I don’t believe in the recruiting practices of 91.5% of technical recruiters.
  3. I admittedly refuse to be someone I’m not (i.e. I’m not a coder, I'm not going to pretend to be a coder).
  4. My greatest love in life is not technology, but people.

Having been a technical recruiter for many years and running the ‘conference circuit’ for most of my tenure, people ask me all the time how to recruit for talent at these large events. It seems like a complicated answer, but it’s actually not…….DON’T.

I know it seems completely out of sorts for a recruiter to tell you to not recruit, and maybe that’s why I’m not...

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Announcing Blue Box Local

Announcing Blue Box Local

Here at Blue Box, an IBM Company, we’ve developed a winning formula for deploying and managing private clouds powered by OpenStack. The feedback we’ve gotten from our customers and the market has been overwhelmingly positive—they love the ability to consume an open cloud platform dedicated to them, with none of the management headaches.

A few months ago, we announced our ability to deliver Blue Box Dedicated in SoftLayer data centers worldwide. This brought the power of Blue Box Cloud to their 28 (and growing) locations around the globe. Our customers have been asking for an option in a very important data center location—their own. Whether it’s in their own office or in a colocation facility, they want the...

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Why OpenStack Summit is Worth the Exhaustion

Why OpenStack Summit is Worth the Exhaustion

You think you’re tired now? We’re just getting started.

Arriving in Tokyo earlier this week, my body told me to collapse into my room the instant I checked in to the hotel; my mind had other plans. The energy I got from a quick glimpse of the Summit venue gave me the jolt I needed to press on. So, I ventured back out into the night with some of my colleagues and participated in an authentic Japanese meal. The food was delicious, the...

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VIDEO: The OpenStack Distro is a Monster

VIDEO: The OpenStack Distro is a Monster

*** A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ***
The OpenStack distro monster is among us. It’s devouring entire engineering teams in its rapacious maw. Though weakening in strength, do not be deceived: if approached by the distro monster, do not make eye contact. Do not feed it. Run. And call Blue Box immediately.

Because the OpenStack distro is a monster.


If you’re at the OpenStack Summit next week in Tokyo, you’ll see a fun, good-natured poke at a familiar target of ours: the OpenStack distro. I’ve given talks and written blog posts about the dead-ends and failure rates of distro-based clouds, so the video should feel familiar.

Yes, we sell a managed OpenStack offering: the...

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If the Shoe Fits, Deploy It

If the Shoe Fits, Deploy It

Chef vs. Puppet vs. Ansible vs. Salt - What's Best for Deploying and Managing OpenStack?

Forrest Gump said, “I’ve worn lots of shoes." And just like wearing lots of shoes, OpenStack engineers use lots of tooling to get the job done. Some shoes are ideally suited to specific functions—hiking boots for hiking, running shoes for running, etc.—and the same is true for the tooling you use to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds.

When it comes to configuration management tools for deploying OpenStack clouds, you have many choices, and it’s best if you choose the “shoe that fits.” With the advent of large-scale, highly available OpenStack deployments spread across multiple global regions, the choice of which deployment methodology to use is quite important and should align with your functional...

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Do you get our Drift?

Do you get our Drift?

With just 22 days to go until OpenStack Summit Tokyo, our team is gearing up for a great trip. Inspired by the film The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, our speakers are revving up their presentations to keep you on the fast track to OpenStack success.
If you’re attending the show, please check out our sessions:

Tuesday, October 27

Is OpenStack’s Future Still in the Cloud?

Blue Box CTO and IBM Distinguished Engineer Jesse Proudman will participate in this “free-flowing” panel with Platform 9’s Kenneth Hui and Matt Joyce, who was one of the original DevOps on NASA’s Nebula project. They’ll discuss whether or not...

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Monktoberfest 2015

Monktoberfest 2015

In a small seaport town in Maine where industry, tourism and art meet... After the summer heat has left, yet before winter's chill has set in... An annual conference focused around the union between social, technology, and the best craft beer in the world takes place: Monktoberfest.

2015 marks the 5th year of the meeting of the minds from what started as a joke in a tweet.

Monktoberfest is quite a different conference than most, not only due to its unique location or following...

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What type of cloud is right for you?

What type of cloud is right for you?

There are many factors to consider when defining your specific cloud footprint. Some of these could include: budget, lead time needed for scale, hardware infrastructure required to support business growth, availability of IT Management resources, and the security & governance requirements needed for compliance. There likely will be additional factors for consideration specific to your organization, but these will get you started on the right path.

Also if your stakeholders are like those in many organizations, they likely have predetermined opinions based their own past experiences with the cloud or from word-of-mouth interactions with others who have. For example, stakeholders who have past experience with a public cloud likely have the expectation that all solutions should have the ability for ultra-fast scaling, which is...

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Congratulations to Jesse Proudman on Becoming an IBM Distinguished Engineer!

Congratulations to Jesse Proudman on Becoming an IBM Distinguished Engineer!

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Jesse Proudman, Blue Box CTO, has been appointed to the position of IBM Distinguished Engineer.

Jesse is the first employee at Blue Box to receive this honor, and I’m quite confident there will be more to follow given the amazing talent at Blue Box with whom I have had the pleasure to collaborate. I’d like to provide an overview of what it means to become an IBM Distinguished Engineer.

IBM Distinguished Engineer – What is it?

Becoming an IBM Distinguished Engineer...

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Think globally, act locally. Move faster with Bluemix

Think globally, act locally. Move faster with Bluemix

Yesterday, IBM Cloud announced general availability of Bluemix Local, the on-premises implementation of IBM’s award winning Platform as a Service, powered by Cloud Foundry.

In the past 18 months, Bluemix has grown from a mere concept to a leading public Platform as a Service with over 120 services and now welcomes over 15,000 new users a week. It’s the fastest growing and largest public Cloud Foundry deployment in the world, and a cornerstone to the IBM Cloud story.

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Have you read the news?


Rumor has it this cloud thing is taking off.