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IBM Buys Blue Box To Bolster OpenStack Offerings

IBM is buying OpenStack-as-a-service supplier Blue Box Group to add to its line up of hybrid cloud expertise and services.

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Blue Box Group Inc., a firm that provides an OpenStack cloud Platform-as-a-Service, is being acquired by IBM to expand its hybrid cloud services, it announced today.

Blue Box Group in Seattle offers customers the chance to access OpenStack cloud operations without actually implementing OpenStack software in their enterprise data centers. Blue Box also manages workloads sent to its OpenStack data center, making it a "managed cloud" provider that injects more human supervision into managing the customer workload and making sure it runs in an optimized fashion.

IBM now offers a single management tool for OpenStack-based private clouds, whether it's public infrastructure as a service or inside the enterprise data center.

[Want to learn more about how IBM is expanding its cloud services? See IBM Bluemix Welcomes Microsoft's .Net.]

"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." said IBM General Manager of Cloud Services Jim Comfort, in a statement.

The 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, according to the IBM statement

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The purchase fits in with IBM's strategy of providing multi-pronged cloud services, with increasing emphasis on a mix of on-premises and public or hybrid cloud services. It offers IBM SoftLayer services as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Bluemix as a Platform-as-a-Service for cloud-oriented developers, and remote, dedicated server workloads through its SoftLayer bare metal offerings.

The Blue Box acquisition is likely to be fit into IBM's expanding OpenStack Services, announced in May, that promote the idea of hybrid cloud, with workloads running on-premises supplemented by similar operations in SoftLayer infrastructure. "OpenStack is the foundation for all of its major cloud platforms - public, dedicated, private and managed services," according to the May 19 statement announcing the OpenStack Services offerings.

The Blue Box acquisition gives IBM the means to help developers building cloud-oriented applications. It will allow IBM to provide "simplified and consistent access to public, dedicated and local cloud infrastructure," according to the June 3 statement announcing the deal.

OpenStack expertise in depth also allows IBM support for managed services across public and enterprise cloud environments.

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Brian.Dean
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6/6/2015 | 11:59:49 PM
Re: IBM Increases its Portfolio
In the cloud environment, IBM is cementing their presence by this move. The company is also investing some of its resources into technologies that could (again) change the shape of the economy. IBM's investment in battery technology under the Battery 500 project is a good example. The firm invented the world's first portable computer, it could turn out that the firm manages to create the first car that has a range of 500 miles.
danielcawrey
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6/6/2015 | 2:28:03 AM
Re: IBM Increases its Portfolio
I'm sure OpenStack implementations are not easy to pull off. This is a good move for IBM – make it easier for customers to build off of this cloud platform.

No one can deny that cloud architecture is getting more complex. Now is the time for IBM to make bigger moves in enterprise cloud infrastructure before more nimble upstarts try to take business away from them. 
Charlie Babcock
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6/5/2015 | 3:11:51 PM
IBM's multi-pronged approach
I think this announcement leans toward managed services and familiar services in the form of SaaS as the focus of IBM's effort.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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6/4/2015 | 10:27:36 AM
Re: IBM Increases its Portfolio
Exactly - in cloud computing era, we need some big giants who have the resource to invest in new area to boost the technology evolution. I think IBM made a wise step forward this time.
SaneIT
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6/4/2015 | 8:05:30 AM
Re: IBM Increases its Portfolio
I guess I'm jumping on the band wagon here.  I saw the headline and thought "this is a smart move for IBM"  they are doing a great job of rebranding themselves as a front line IaaS company as well as offering some strong SaaS solutions.  Who and what IBM wants to be has been a little hard to pin down as of late but they have the resources to be a leader in just about any market they choose to tackle so I'm happy to see them getting into one that needs some big players.
Whoopty
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6/4/2015 | 7:31:04 AM
Re: IBM Increases its Portfolio
This, combined with IBM's cost cutting measures by moving data around and offering cheaper storage via mass tape back up, really puts it in a more competitive space with the likes of Amazon. I'm interested to see how it does over the next couple of years. Perhaps IBM will become more of the household name it once was. 
Brian.Dean
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6/4/2015 | 12:07:48 AM
IBM Increases its Portfolio
The demand for IaaS continues to grow. IBM was lagging behind in the IaaS space a few years agoe but, the acquisition of SoftLayer helped IBM to increase its IaaS offering. I guess Blue Box will enable IBM to increase further.
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