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Cloud Is No Longer Uncharted Territory By @vmTyler | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It wasn't that long ago that those attempting to build clouds faced their own dangerous journey requiring elite skills

Cloud Is No Longer Uncharted Territory
By Tyler Britten

During my first trip out to the Blue Box office in Seattle this week, I thought about the coast-to-coast flight while relaxing at 40,000 feet. A journey of thousands of miles made completely routinely in about five hours. I remembered one of my favorite computer games as a kid-The Oregon Trail. It tried to capture the experience of leading a wagon train of settlers to the West Coast in 1848. The trip took almost six months and death along the way wasn't uncommon, as the game frequently reminded you.

It's amazing how that trip has transformed from perilous to commonplace.The need for safe travel drove massive technology advancements. We've seen a similar transformative push in cloud computing. Cloud computing is already having a major impact on IT services. The need for on-demand, self-service offerings from the developers and lines of business has made this a critical area for CIOs to quickly define their strategy.

It wasn't that long ago that those attempting to build clouds faced their own dangerous journey requiring elite skills. Thankfully it's now much easier. That's one of the reasons I decided to join the Blue Box team-they've taken the risk and complexity out of the private cloud journey.

The Need for Private Clouds
What many who have already begun leveraging cloud have realized is that there is no single solution that meets all their needs. While public cloud is a great fit for some of their workloads, it can be challenging for others. Enterprise requirements around compliance, security, and control of data still need to be met while providing users with the single-click experience they desire. It can get even more complex if integration with existing traditional IT systems is required. These are the drivers behind the explosion of private cloud projects: the public cloud experience with the control and integration enterprise customers need. There are lots of vendors promising that experience, but they approach it in very different ways.

Open Source as Table Stakes
Many customers who are looking to deploy private clouds are hesitant to go with proprietary, closed source solutions. Some companies have even embraced an "open source first" policy when selecting software. While cost control is part of the reason, it's really more about transparency and community. Enterprise users can have real visibility into the direction of the software and can many times have input. Open source can be a platform for interoperability as well as mobility.

The downside to some open source software is that there is usually "some assembly required." If you don't have the requisite skillset in house, it can be challenging or expensive (or both). This leaves a large number of enterprise IT organizations willing but not able.

This is where commercial offerings of open source projects can bridge the gap. Two great examples of this are OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. Both are open source projects from independent foundations that are available as commercial offerings. Blue Box Cloud is built on OpenStack, and IBM Bluemix is built on Cloud Foundry.

Pulling It All Together
The addition of Blue Box to the IBM Cloud portfolio is evidence of IBM's continued commitment to open source-based cloud solutions. This gives enterprises the ultimate in choice, from SoftLayer for public cloud, Bluemix Cloud Foundry for Platform-as-a-Service, and now Blue Box Cloud for managed OpenStack private cloud. Enterprise-grade open source solutions are now more accessible than ever, no matter what your needs are.

Why choose to ford the river with a rickety wagon when we can make your cloud journey feel like a first class seat?

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Founded in 2003 by Jesse Proudman, Blue Box offers Blue Box Cloud—a managed Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) product available in both hosted and on-prem versions, powered by OpenStack.

Blue Box employees bring a wealth of diverse, in-depth operational experience to each customer installation of our unique hosted private cloud offering. Think of Blue Box team as your application’s lifeline.