Blue Box, a 12-year-old Seattle company that offers on-demand private cloud services, agreed to be sold to IBM this past June in a deal of undisclosed size.
Bootstrapped in its early days as Web site hosting company by entrepreneur Jesse Proudman, Blue Box morphed in recent years as it helped companies establish and maintain private cloud installations. Those efforts really accelerated after Blue Box named tech industry veteran Matthew Schiltz as CEO in May 2014.
“You don’t get Deal of the Year without the Team of the Year,” Proudman said on stage, thanking a bevy of folks like Schiltz, employees who worked on due diligence for the acquisition, and his family.
Jesse Proudman, distinguished engineer and chief technology officer at Blue Box (an IBM Company), spoke to John Furrier, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media production team, to talk about improving OpenStack to provide a better customer experience.
According to Proudman, who wants to see OpenStack be successful in the enterprise, there are still problems with the open-source framework’s functionality. “If product is not usable and does not provide a good experience to the customer, nobody will use it,” he said.
He believes that companies focused on delivering a good experience are the companies that will gain traction in the enterprise space. Conversely, he feels that companies that focus on features and bits and bytes provide a different experience for the customer and will not be as successful.
For the past 15 years, I-along with a phenomenal team-have invested mental and physical energy into creating and building a successful cloud infrastructure company. We went from dorm-room startup and two funding rounds to a major milestone.
Many would think that this milestone would be the finish line: the ideal culmination of an entrepreneurial venture. But for Blue Box, joining IBM has enabled us to dream bigger dreams. That dream is driven by a game plan focused on where we think the market is headed: the convergence of public and private cloud.
Cloud vendors are busy building out their cloud portfolios in order to win customers. What they are beginning to realise is that it is not just in the public cloud that customers want access to their solutions. Many customers are building out private clouds or want a dedicated managed cloud option that keeps their data and applications separate from other people even when it is in the cloud.
IBM has already gone down that route with Bluemix with the release of Bluemix Local for on-premises private clouds and Bluemix Dedicated for a private managed cloud. Customers get the benefits of the PaaS for their developers without having to worry about anything being released to the public cloud.
Interested parties will have to explore the deployment capacity in their data centers before tabling orders. On surveying the capacity required, IBM should be able to build a rack and deliver it on site. With all the power and network connections in place, users should be able to work on their OpenStack, which Blue Box and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) can also manage remotely.
Big companies and organizations will no longer have to wait for months or even years to get their private cloud installations up and running. Blue Box Local makes it easy to develop a private cloud environment with a simple help from International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM).
Many organizations have regulatory barriers that prevent them from deploying public cloud services into their environments. With Blue Box Local, organizations can begin getting their feet wet with OpenStack from within their own data center. This allows many businesses to meet their internal compliance thresholds while simultaneously gaining the benefits of the OpenStack cloud.
IBM has unveiled an on-premise cloud service that runs on OpenStack that allows customers to run their own private cloud environment within their data centre.
The service, called Blue Box Local, is the result of IBM’s June acquisition of Blue Box, a Seattle-based cloud provider.
The service will go live on November 30, and include all the bells and whistles found in IBM’s current OpenStack services.
Having earlier this month rolled out the Bluemix Local platform as a service for firms to run behind their own firewall, IBM today has taken the wraps off an OpenStack on-premise private cloud service - a fruit of its June acquisition of Blue Box.
The new on-premise environment, IBM Blue Box Local, will absorb features from the existing IBM Cloud OpenStack Services offering which it replaces, when it becomes available from November 30.
With IBM Blue Box Local, after a site survey to determine the deployment capacity required, the customer buys the hardware as prescribed in a compatibility list. IBM then builds the rack and delivers it to the customer site. Once the power and network connections are made, the entire environment is then managed remotely by Blue Box and IBM.
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