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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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GigaSpaces Enters Into Partnership with Nebula

gigaspacesGigaSpaces Technologies recently announced a technology partnership with private cloud company, Nebula. Under the new partnership, GigaSpaces’ Cloudify open-source application management platform would integrate into Nebula’s private cloud system, allowing users to deploy their OpenStack-based private cloud within 24 hours.

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SugarCRM Announces New Deployment Option

SugarLogoThis morning, SugarCRM announced the availability of a new deployment option for their CRM applications at the SugarCon 2013 event in New York, NY. SugarCRM customers may now choose to have their services deployed via a private cloud option, which will be managed by the Sugar team.

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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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