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IBM extends Blue Box Cloud availability

Private, OpenStack-based clouds received a boost yesterday from IBM, which announced Blue Blox Cloud is now available in global IBM cloud data centers running SoftLayer infrastructure. IBM logo1

Blue Box, a private-cloud-as-a-service solution acquired in June, is now fully integrated into its OpenStack portfolio as an open-source private cloud and demonstrates IBM’s ongoing support of OpenStack.

“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,” said Jesse Proudman, CTO at Blue Box, an IBM Company. “Today, we’ve taken a big step toward our goal of delivering private clouds to customers anywhere in the world—and we’re offering deployment timelines that are unheard of within traditional private cloud.”

The Blue Box solution is designed to simplify and bring consistency across cloud types, with a focus on combining the benefits of private and public clouds to support private cloud users.

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Red Hat Releases New Open Hybrid Cloud Offerings

RHCLogoHRJYesterday, Red Hat, Inc., an open source solutions provider, announced the addition of two new Open Hybrid Cloud product offerings at the Red Hat Summit 2013 in Boston, MA. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, both to be available this July, will allow users to either begin their path to virtualization, or create more advanced clouds for their customers. The company also announced the addition of new training and certification programs for the new offerings.

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Rackspace Extends Cloud Operations Expertise to Private Clouds with OpenCenter

Rackspace Hosting announced major new features in its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack and supported by its own Fanatical Support services. Key among the new functionality in this release is OpenCenter, a single interface for deploying, configuring and operating clouds at scale in an enterprise data center. 

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