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IBM Blue Box is Now Part of IBM Bluemix

IBM Blue Box is Now Part of IBM Bluemix

Have you heard the news?
We're pleased to announce that IBM Bluemix is combining offerings from IBM Bluemix, SoftLayer—and Blue Box—to bring you cloud deployment options and infrastructure services for a centralized user experience.

Here’s how our offerings are now represented:

IBM Blue Box Dedicated became IBM Bluemix Private Cloud

IBM Blue Box Local became IBM Bluemix Private Cloud Local

It’s the same great products and services that have always been available, now located in one convenient place.

Head over to the Bluemix homepage and have a look around!

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IBM Blue Box Continues its Path Toward Keeping Your Cloud Environment Safe

IBM Blue Box Continues its Path Toward Keeping Your Cloud Environment Safe

Security is critical for your data and IBM Blue Box offers key capabilities designed to help you construct a security-rich private cloud environment.

Our team works with independent auditors to meet the industry’s most stringent requirements to provide an attestation you can depend on—that's why we're happy to announce that IBM Blue Box clouds are now ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 27018:2014 certified. Our team has also successfully completed both SOC 2 Type 2 and SOC 3 external audits.

Here are some details on these milestones:...

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Webinar: 451 Research, IBM Blue Box, and Cloudsoft

Webinar: 451 Research, IBM Blue Box, and Cloudsoft

IBM Blue Box would like to invite you to our webinar with Cloudsoft and 451 Research, Thursday, September 22 at 10:45 EDT. In this webinar, we’ll share the latest best practices on OpenStack adoption:
  • 451 Research executive analyst, Al Sadowski, will present an unbiased view of the most current OpenStack market trends.
  • Cloudsoft CEO, Duncan Johnston-Watt, will showcase how Cloudsoft has rolled out a secure Blockchain network with our IBM Blue Box Dedicated solution on IBM SoftLayer infrastructure.
  • IBM Distinguished Engineer, Jesse Proudman, will cover Cloudsoft’s continued...

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We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring

Want to be part of an energetic team? Are you passionate about cloud technology? If so, let's talk.

Please get in touch if you're interested in any of the following open positions:

We hope to hear from you soon!

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The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Cloud Infrastructure Concerns

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Cloud Infrastructure Concerns

Last month, I returned from an overseas trip to a friend’s wedding to find the zombie apocalypse happening in my neighborhood near downtown San Jose. People of all ages and demographics united together in what looked like strange cult gatherings in public parks, stumbling around the streets of the South Bay with eyes glued to their phones and occasionally yelling something strange like, "OMG I hatched a Nidoking!" Cars would come to abrupt halts in front of me at unexplained times—I half expected a scene from the movie Zombieland to unfold where Woody Harrelson would leap out from an SUV ready to give me the nickname Minnesota and help navigate safely back to my parents’ farm.

Pokémon Go was released in the US on July 6, 2016. Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a yurt (in which case you won’t be reading this blog post), you’ve probably observed that this was much more than a game release and more like the dawn of a new way of life for some people. While there have been well-publicized challenges as the game has scaled to reach millions,...

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EuroPython 2016: Pythonic Epicenter in the Heart of Basque Country

EuroPython 2016: Pythonic Epicenter in the Heart of Basque Country

I have been involved in the Python community in different capacities for years. First as a user of the language, then as conference attendee followed by a position as tutorials committee chair and representative at the PSF and different PSF-sponsored events. This year I had the great privilege to be representing them at EuroPython in picturesque and scenic heart of Basque Country: Bilbao, Spain.
Bilbao Landscape

It was an amazing experience: from talking to — literally — hundreds of Pythonistas, to the after-hour social events and seeing the embracing and welcoming Python community in action. The conference is super well-organized and packed to the brim with top-notch content: amazing keynotes, a deluge of talks to choose from, lightning talks and open spaces. There was a lot of...

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The IBM internal GitHub Enterprise system Running on Blue Box

The IBM internal GitHub Enterprise system Running on Blue Box

Tasked with helping transform IBM, a year ago, our CIO office’s Whitewater team selected Github Enterprise as the next-generation software repository for IBM’s engineering teams. And while I’m not one to celebrate technology birthdays, IBM's GitHub Enterprise deployment is getting an awesome gift, wrapped in a big Blue Box.

;‐)

IBM’s Github Enterprise installation is one of the largest in the world: nearly 13,000 IBMers rely on it for their daily work. And now, it’s running on an instance of IBM Blue Box Dedicated [RC1], serving up more than 1,000 Web requests per minute. Moving GHE@IBM outside the firewall brings a major improvement in the user experience by eliminating the need for clients to...

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Delivering HIPAA on IBM Blue Box Local

Delivering HIPAA on IBM Blue Box Local

Continuing the rich tradition of delivering on-time releases with pizazz, IBM Blue Box has done it again by delivering a HIPAA-enabled Local version of Private Cloud as a Service. Now you can have your very own on-premises private cloud to brag about. IBM Blue Box will gladly work with you to fully understand your requirements and deliver on a shared model to support your compliance attestation.

With both Dedicated (in data center) and Local (on-premises) HIPAA-enabled offerings, IBM Blue Box proves its commitment to OpenStack, allowing the level of consistency and portability you need to move seamlessly among environments. A hybrid cloud model for your HIPAA workloads delivers the freedom to choose and change your environments, data and services as needed.

With these...

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M-m-m-my Mitaka

M-m-m-my Mitaka

Today, we finalized our latest release based on Mitaka, the 13th release of OpenStack. Since IBM Blue Box manages OpenStack private clouds on behalf of our customers, we have initiated the upgrade process to Mitaka for customer clouds.

Maintenance downtime is costly for any cloud customer—we get it, time is money. As a result, IBM Blue Box has invested heavily in tools, team and processes plus the experience of hundreds of OpenStack upgrades to ensure the in-place upgrade to Mitaka is a non-event. The team expects to have the majority of customer clouds on Mitaka by the end of July.

Mitaka brings a lot...

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ACM ICPC World Finals: Battle of the Brains 2016

ACM ICPC World Finals: Battle of the Brains 2016

I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the IBM sponsorship team at of the 40th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) World Finals in Phuket, Thailand last month.

I was incredibly impressed by all of this year’s participants who competed from 128 of the university finalist teams to attempt solving 13 really really hard computing / mathematical problems in under five hours. A really big congratulation goes out to this year’s world champions: St. Petersburg State University from Moscow, Russia! You can find out more about the competition...

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