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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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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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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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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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