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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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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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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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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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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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OpenStack Silicon Valley: August 9 & 10

OpenStack Silicon Valley: August 9 & 10

On Tuesday, August 9, thought leadership from the OpenStack community will gather for two days of discussions on what's new and cool in OpenStack, hosted at the famous Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

The venue becomes the backdrop to analysts, top-contributors, and executives in the OpenStack Community and cloud industry. This year, Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO of IBM Blue Box will be featured on a lively panel discussion on The Next Container Standard.

The 2016 event promises to be one that you will not want to miss. Please join us in the IBM booth on-site. Register...

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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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