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Cloud Matters: The Demand for Open Source Strategies

Cloud Matters: The Demand for Open Source Strategies

“I see OpenStack evolving into a world class platform for all enterprises.”

In this fifth video in our Cloud Matters series, IBM Blue Box Director of offering Management Hernan Alvarez talks about all things open source.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The shift in thinking toward open source that enterprises are experiencing.
  • The massive OpenStack adoption...

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Getting Started with Kubernetes on IBM Blue Box

Getting Started with Kubernetes on IBM Blue Box

Kubernetes is an open source container cluster manager. It can automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. While deploying individual containers with something like Docker Machine is nice, for actual production applications, they generally require coordinating many containers of many different types.

That's where container cluster management comes in with Kubernetes and other technologies like Docker Swarm and Mesos. If you're not familiar with Kubernetes (often abbreviated as K8s), there's a number of great getting started and overview guides, including this cool piece: The Children's Illustrated Guide to Kubernetes.

Deploying Kubernetes

Wow! Kubernetes looks pretty cool,...

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Cloud Matters: The Right Fit for Hybrid Cloud

Cloud Matters: The Right Fit for Hybrid Cloud

“The IDC projects that 80% of enterprises are pursuing and investing in hybrid technology.”

In this fourth video in our Cloud Matters series, IBM Blue Box Senior Director of Product André Bearfield talks about all things hybrid.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The best question he continues to hear from new users.
  • What industries are a good fit for hybrid cloud.
  • Why there’s...

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Load Balancing as a Service on IBM Blue Box

Load Balancing as a Service on IBM Blue Box

Hey everyone, I'd like to talk today about creating and operating an LBaaSv2 load balancer on a Managed IBM Blue Box OpenStack cloud. Let's start out with the command line arguments, and we can run quickly through the Horizon GUI version of the process later. This is going to be a simple execution, we're going to balance some NGINX instances for our example, just to show how the service works and how easy it is to setup.

To start, let's take a look at the environment we have. I've got four instances running, one with a floating IP that I'm using to access the group:

$ nova list | grep LBaaS
| 8a12ef61-eed0-4adf-b1b4-60ce3e355f0d | LBaaS-1 | ACTIVE | - | Running | internal=192.168.1.141, 169.45.113.53|
| 2b098fd4-b9e3-4602-99fa-96ae7348d78e | LBaaS-2 | ACTIVE | - | Running |...

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Cloud Matters: The Golden Era of Collaboration

Cloud Matters: The Golden Era of Collaboration

“It’s hard to imagine a world without open source.”

In this third video in our Cloud Matters series, Cloudsoft Founder and CEO Duncan Johnston-Watt, an IBM Blue Box client, talks about the great benefits of collaborative technology.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The interest in hybrid as a business tool.
  • Why open source has become a lifeblood for technologists.
  • How...

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Cloud Matters: The Open Source Solution for Enterprise

Cloud Matters: The Open Source Solution for Enterprise

“Open source projects continue to evolve and change more rapidly than they ever have before.”

In this second video in our Cloud Matters series, Ed Saipetch, Senior Director of the Office of the CTO, talks about the questions surrounding open source for the enterprise.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • Why enterprises should care about Open Source.
  • What types of industries are...

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Cloud Matters: Private Cloud for the Enterprise

Cloud Matters: Private Cloud for the Enterprise

“People are ready to go and ready to use this technology.”

In this first video in our Cloud Matters series, IBM Distinguished Engineer & Blue Box CTO Jesse Proudman discusses why private cloud is a good fit for enterprises.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The value that can be gained by enterprises using private cloud.
  • How Delivery as a Service has changed the landscape.
  • The...

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You asked for it. You got it! OpenStack 101

You asked for it. You got it! OpenStack 101

Despite IBM’s longtime commitment to open technology, at Blue Box we continue to get the question, “What is OpenStack?”

While there are OpenStack user groups, meetups, events and solutions, ultimately the answer to the question is this, “OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a...

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Deploying Mesos on Blue Box using Scalr

Deploying Mesos on Blue Box using Scalr

Infrastructure as a Service is only as powerful as the things you do with it. That’s why our focus at Blue Box, an IBM Company, is to provide an exceptional open private cloud experience without the operational hassles. This allows you to focus your resources on deploying and consuming advanced capabilities and services. A great example of how we do this is our use of tools like Scalr to deploy Apache Mesos.

If you’re not familiar with Scalr, it’s an open source cloud management platform that can integrate with many different clouds including OpenStack. In addition to cloud management, it provides deployment automation across clouds. In this great demo below, the Scalr team walks through deploying an Apache Mesos cluster to Blue Box Dedicated using Scalr.

Blue Box offers one of...

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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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