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Why We Win with Blue Box Cloud Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) is a powerful model, but its value is often misunderstood. During the first year of Blue Box Cloud general availability, the most consistent question I received was, "Why an OpenStack hosted private cloud?" And the answer can be distilled down to these concepts: Security Compliance Control Performance Our success in offering Blue Box Cloud can be traced back to one or more of these concepts in most cases, and it's my intent to explain each of them to enable clear discussion with those evaluating a hosted, managed private cloud like ours. Security: It Is Private Cloud, After All Security is the most basic value-add of Blue Box Cloud. With dedicated hardware comes natural data isolation and understandable, intuitive security. Customers can see the raw specifications of their infrastructure and can cle... (more)

Be a Part of Cloud Expo New York By @BlueBox | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The World of Cloud Computing Comes Together - Be a Part of Cloud Expo New York Cloud Expo New York is happening from June 9 - 11. This event brings together the worlds of Cloud Computing, DevOps, IoT, WebRTC, Big Data and SDDC. We hope to see you there-members of the Blue Box team will exhibit in booth 218 next to the DevOps area. Plus, our Chief Product Officer, Hernan Alvarez, will present his talk "The Cloud Has a Down-and-Dirty Lining" as part of the Operations track in the DevOps Summit portion of the event on June 9 at 11 am. Learn more about his session here. To schedu... (more)

Cloud for Financial Services By @BlueBox | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Cloud is Perfect for Financial Services; Financial Services are Perfect for Blue Box PCaaS By Bob DeSantis Financial services organizations were among the earliest enterprise adopters of cloud computing. The ability to leverage massive compute, storage and networking resources via RESTful APIs and automated tools like Chef and Puppet made it possible for their high-horsepower IT users to develop a whole new array of applications. Companies like Wells Fargo, Fidelity and BBVA are visible, vocal and engaged supporters of the OpenStack community, running production clouds for appl... (more)

Docker and OpenStack By @BlueBox | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #Docker #OpenStack]

Docker Docker Docker OpenStack When OpenStack aficionados gather in Vancouver in a couple of weeks, one of the hot topics will be containers, a "new" alternative to virtualization. Actually, container technology has been around for a couple of decades, but it is trending among the IT community at a fever pitch these days and stands to have a huge impact on the future of cloud computing.The appeal of container technology is easy to appreciate. In a nutshell, containers can enable you to run many more applications on the same hardware than using hypervisors and virtual machines, ... (more)

OpenStack: The Myth of the Middle By @BlueBoxJesse | @CloudExpo #OpenStack #Microservices

The middle is where self-declared reasonable minds gather to split the difference between seemingly irresolvable extremes. And so it is with OpenStack. Back in the wild-West days of Diablo and Essex, agile app dev ardents attracted by the open alternative of OpenStack had two choices: build it yourself (DIY), or sign up with Rackspace. Polar opposites in just about every regard. Then, a wave of startups pledged to offer a middle ground, populated with software distributions and appliances to simplify the path from zero to OpenStack. While the promise of this new-found middle gr... (more)