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Win with @BlueBox Cloud By @MarkvanOppen | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) is a powerful model, but its value is often misunderstood

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 clearly identify which hardware hosts a given service or data. The availability of encryption at rest, dedicated Juniper firewall pairs, and a variety of bare metal configurations makes staying secure while you grow not only possible, but easy.

Compliance: It's All About Migrating Risk

Compliance is often dependent on security and proving that customer data storage-and application design-meet the alphabet soup of laws governing your business vertical (e.g., HIPAA, PCI). While it is possible to be compliant through a variety of infrastructure solutions, there's no need to invite complexity by using shared infrastructure when dedicated servers are available and delivered as a private cloud. With a less complex design comes a less complex audit and fewer stressful evenings. Blue Box Cloud is not a one step solution for all types of compliance; however, our customers have removed many risk factors while making it easy to check isolation and data sovereignty boxes in a review.

Control: Eliminatiing The Unknown or Unforeseen Where Possible

The most multifaceted benefit of Blue Box Cloud is control. Blue Box Cloud delivers control of budget and planning with simple and competitive monthly pricing, while also delivering control of resource allocation through multiple projects and users powered by OpenStack.

Furthermore, the ability to create custom flavors and curate custom images ensures that virtual machines are spun up with the appropriate packages and resources for a unique purpose. Pre-defined sizing is easy and available, but the ability to create custom flavors as needed maximizes the efficiency with which customers consume resources. This combination of factors makes it clear that Blue Box Cloud is designed to facilitate control in every aspect of your infrastructure.

Let Blue Box run your cloud so you can work with OpenStack rather than on OpenStack.

Performance: Predictability Shouldn't Be Optional

As organizations see capacity needs increase, they face one of two challenges. The first is a lack of cost predictability, but the second, and often more frustrating, has to do with unpredictable performance. This is precisely why we are such huge proponents of a private cloud model. There is no comparison between the dedicated computing resources and bare metal options found in Blue Box Cloud and the shared environment of a public cloud.

Let Us Help You Win

Our customers took many things into account including performance and compliance requirements and data sovereignty needs. Ultimately they choose Blue Box Cloud because it helps them achieve their unique set of objectives and delivers clear value. While no production infrastructure change is without risk, Blue Box Cloud and the PCaaS model have been designed with what is expected from the promise of cloud. The entire Blue Box team is eager to help you take the next step in your cloud strategy, even if that next step is simply "tell me more."

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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.

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