IBM Fortifies OpenStack Portfolio with Blue Box Private Cloud as a Service

IBM is acquiring Blue Box Group to simplify the running of private clouds using OpenStack-based solutions.

Blue Box is a privately held company based in Seattle that provides businesses with a private cloud as a service platform based on OpenStack. IBM says it will help businesses integrate their cloud-based applications and on-premises systems into OpenStack-based managed cloud.

Additionally, Blue Box strengthens IBM Cloud's existing OpenStack portfolio with the introduction of a remotely managed OpenStack offering. This offering provides clients with a local cloud and increased visibility, control and security.

Blue Box can enhance and complement developer productivity by speeding delivery of applications and data through simplified and consistent access to public, dedicated and local cloud infrastructures, supporting managed infrastructure services across hybrid cloud environments and IBM's digital innovation platform, Bluemix and offers a single management tool for OpenStack-based private clouds regardless of location.

This acquisition will enable IBM to deliver a public cloud-like experience within the client's own data center, relieving organizations of the burden of traditional private cloud deployments.

"IBM is dedicated to helping our clients migrate to the cloud in an open, secure, data rich environment that meet their current and future business needs," said Jim Comfort, IBM general manager of Cloud Services.  "The acquisition of Blue Box accelerates IBM's open cloud strategy making it easier for our clients to move to data and applications across clouds and adopt hybrid cloud environments."

IBM plans to continue to support Blue Box clients and enhance their technologies while allowing these organizations to take advantage of the broader IBM portfolio.

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