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IBM Provides Blue Box Private-Cloud-as-a-Service at Its SoftLayer Data Centers

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IBM’s Private-Cloud-as-a-Service offering, Blue Box Cloud, is now available in any IBM cloud data center running SoftLayer infrastructure, providing the benefits of an OpenStack-powered private cloud that’s delivered on IBM SoftLayer dedicated servers.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the OpenStack Silicon Valley conference, less than 90 days following its acquisition of Blue Box, and serves to expand IBM’s portfolio of OpenStack-based solutions.

Blue Box Cloud customers can choose a SoftLayer data center in their preferred geography, driving down latency and improving application performance for their end users.

Additionally, Blue Box Cloud provides simplified and consistent access to public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure models.

“SoftLayer bare metal servers are perfectly suited for Blue Box Cloud architecture,” IBM SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones said in a statement. “Our global cloud footprint means that customers around the world can find a location near them where they can consume OpenStack-powered private cloud as a service without having to worry about the operational headache of that cloud. We’re looking forward to the IBM and Blue Box engineering teams scaling this technical success into greater market awareness and adoption of Private-Cloud-as-a-Service.”

An early adopter, Cloudsoft will be using Blue Box Cloud to operate its open-source multi-cloud application management platform, Cloudsoft AMP.

Cloudsoft CEO Duncan Johnston-Watt said, “The combination of Blue Box’s best-in-class OpenStack service and IBM Softlayer’s global footprint and legendary private network will enable us to model, deploy and manage our customers’ business critical applications and services worldwide.”

Following IBM’s acquisition of Blue Box in June, delivering Blue Box Cloud via IBM Cloud data centers was a major engineering priority according to Blue Box CTO Jesse Proudman. “I’ve been impressed by the way the IBM and Blue Box engineering teams have collaborated to quickly bring Blue Box Cloud to a worldwide infrastructure platform,” Proudman stated. “Today, we’ve taken a big step toward our goal of delivering private cloud to customers anywhere in the world—and we’re offering deployment timelines that are unheard of within traditional private cloud.”

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