Choose Blue Box if one or more of these apply to your business:
Blue Box currently deploys the Mitaka release. As new OpenStack releases are made available, we test, validate and then upgrade each Blue Box cloud to provide access to the latest OpenStack capabilities.
Blue Box manages all upgrades and security patching of hypervisors and OpenStack software. Blue Box will work with the customer to schedule maintenance windows for infrastructure upgrades and patches. At a customer’s request, we can even live migrate compatible VMs so that the maintenance window incurs minimal downtime. Blue Box performs vulnerability scans as a part of the initial cloud deployment and quarterly thereafter. Internet accessible services such as Horizon and OpenStack API endpoints are scanned weekly.
|Block Storage (Cinder)||Supported, API v2.0|
|Compute (Nova)||Supported, API v2.0|
|Identity (Keystone)||Supported, API v3.0|
|Image Service (Glance)||Supported, API v2.0|
|Networking (Neutron with LBaaS)||Supported, API v2.0|
|Object Storage (Swift)||Supported, API v1.0|
|Orchestration (Heat)||Supported, API v2.0|
|Telemetry (Ceilometer)||Supported, v2.0|
|Dashboard (Horizon)||Supported, 2015.1|
Blue Box uses Ceph for Block Storage and OpenStack Swift for Object Storage.
Yes. Blue Box leverages pairs of firewalls and OpenStack controllers for security and service availability. Storage local to compute nodes is configured in RAID sets, where Block and Object storage solutions are configured to distribute multiple replicas of data across infrastructure to maximize data durability.
Absolutely! IBM Blue Box Local and Dedicated use identical software stacks (OpenStack, Linux, Ceph, Swift, etc.) that are 100% compatible. They also share the same reference architecture and deployment tools. Both of these factors enable hybrid clouds by allowing applications and workloads to share and migrate between Blue Box Local and Dedicated clouds.
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IBM Blue Box Dedicated is private cloud as a service (PCaaS) solution for organizations that demand the security and control of a private cloud with the ease of use of a public cloud. Powered by OpenStack, quick to deploy, highly flexible and fully scalable, Blue Box Dedicated offers a simple and flexible monthly price that is inclusive of all equipment, management, and 24/7 Support. Finally, when multiple Blue Box Dedicated clouds are deployed in different data centers, customers can take advantage of the unmetered SoftLayer high-speed backbone to communicate between those Dedicated clouds. Get started in an IBM Cloud data center near you.
Customers use IBM Blue Box Dedicated to combine the performance and cost management benefits of private cloud with the ease of provisioning and operations support of public cloud. It offers a single management tool for OpenStack-based private clouds, regardless of location, bringing greater simplicity and consistency to the operation of public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure globally.
IBM Blue Box Dedicated has a simple and flexible monthly price that is inclusive of all OpenStack services, infrastructure, management, and 24/7 Support. More pricing information is available here.
Our dedicated, single-tenant private cloud deployments can be deployed in less than a week. The sooner you express interest, the sooner we can set you up.
Three dedicated physical nodes with dedicated highly available firewalls and provides cloud capacity as follows:
You can add Hybrid or SSD-based Block Storage, Object Storage, or mix and match Compute Node types to optimize for your workloads. More information about the optional add-ons can be found here.
Yes! That’s a core reason why IBM Blue Box Dedicated offers a month-to-month option. Additional capacity can be both added and removed on a month-to-month basis.
There are multiple secure connectivity options. First is via the use of a VPN connection (IPSec or OpenVPN) or for additional security, leverage Direct Link which is a dedicated high-speed private network that bypasses the public Internet.
Yes. IBM Blue Box Dedicated provides a variety of customization options such as different capacity compute nodes; OpenStack controllers that can be separated so that the control plane is fully isolated; access method to the cloud (public, VPN or Direct Link); bring your own (BYO) IP addresses; BYO guest images and licenses; and CPU oversubscription.
IBM Blue Box Dedicated is singularly designed for production deployment at scale. Unlike other “try before you buy” options from companies selling distros and deployment consulting, IBM Blue Box is the only choice that delivers production-grade PCaaS, powered by OpenStack and available in convenient monthly billing increments. Since Blue Box Dedicated are deployed in IBM Cloud data centers world wide, they can leverage advanced services such as Direct Link and the unmetered high-speed backbone.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) specify U.S. government requirements for the security and privacy of protected health information (PHI).
Yes, Blue Box Dedicated and Local can host HIPAA regulated workloads. In order to host HIPAA-regulated workloads, Blue Box Dedicated Controllers must be deployed. There are also additional monthly fees to enable extra services to help customers meet security and privacy PHI requirements.
The following table is a summary of the services performed to support hosting HIPAA regulated workloads on Blue Box Dedicated and Local:
|HIPAA Compliance Support||Description||Dedicated Responsibility||Local Responsibility|
|Business Associate Agreements (BAA)||Sign BAA agreement governing access to PHI||Client and IBM||Client and IBM|
|Vulnerability Scanning & Server Hardening||Perform server OS patching, scanning, and hardening of Infrastructure||IBM||IBM|
|Data Encryption for Data in Motion||Encryption of PHI data when in transit||IBM||IBM|
|Activity Review for Infrastructure||Regular review of system activity, logs, and audit trails||IBM||IBM|
|Risk Management||Provide a compliance framework to assess risk and mitigate on a regular basis for Infrastructure||IBM||IBM|
|Media Disposal & Media Re-Use||PHI disposal and/or media re-use of hardware and maintains records||IBM||IBM|
|IBM Two-factor Authentication||Control of user access and verifies person seeking access to system with PHI is one claimed||IBM||IBM|
|Facility Access||Implements contingency operations, a security plan, provides access and validation procedures, and maintains records||IBM||CLIENT|
|User Access Controls||Administers unique ID management, emergency access procedures, and automatic logoff of users||IBM||IBM and client|
|Employee Oversight Controls||Train and follow onboarding/off boarding procedures, and administer password and login management of IBM management/administrative users||IBM||IBM and client|
|IBM Workstation Security||Implement access control, control safeguards, session timeouts, and encryption of workstations||IBM||IBM and client|
An IBM Business Associate Agreement (BAA) must be signed between the Client and IBM to get started. Blue Box will then work with you to solution your Blue Box Dedicated and/or Local cloud to support your capacity and workload needs. The same compute, storage and networking options that can be used to build your Blue Box Dedicated or Local cloud will host HIPAA-regulated workloads.
Why Blue Box?
Month-to-month flexibility. Deployment scalability. Ridiculously rapid turn time.
Need we say more?