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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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So Many Summit Sessions, So Little Time

So Many Summit Sessions, So Little Time

We’re less than a week away from OpenStack Summit Barcelona! As you’re packing those last crucial items, finding your passport and brushing up on your Spanish, don’t forget to download the Summit App.

The app will help you find your way around the area with a helpful map, learn about featured speakers and customize your personal schedule.

While you’re browsing the agenda, we hope you’ll find time to attend sessions by notable Blue Boxers. Here’s a quick list (with links) to make your search easier:

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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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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...

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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.

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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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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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OpenStack East: Aug 23 & 24

OpenStack East: Aug 23 & 24

The first OpenStack East happens next month, and will feature three of our own speakers:

Please join us for those speaking engagements and be sure to stop by the IBM booth...

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