IBM Acquires Blue Box to Advance Open Hybrid Clouds

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IBM has acquired Blue Box Group, Inc., a managed private cloud provider built on OpenStack. Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a simple, private cloud as a service platform, enabling customers to more easily deploy workloads across hybrid cloud environments. 

Through Blue Box, IBM will help businesses rapidly integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud. Blue Box also strengthens IBM Cloud’s existing OpenStack portfolio, with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering to provide clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

This move further accelerates IBM’s commitment to open technologies and OpenStack. With Forrester Research recently finding that more than twice as many firms use or plan to use IBM Cloud as their primary hosted private cloud platform than the next closest vendor, Blue Box is a strategic fit into the IBM Cloud portfolio.

To read the IBM announcement, go here.