Managed OpenStack Cloud Services: Here They Come
I've been waiting for this: The MSP market is finally converging with the OpenStack cloud market. An example: Blue Box is making noise as an MSP that allows customers to deploy hosted OpenStack private clouds. So where do managed services enter the picture?
Blue Box says its platform manages the underlying OpenStack orchestration, including monitoring and release management, allowing customers to focus on using OpenStack instead of managing it.
OpenStack is an open source platform for building public and private clouds. Rackspace has been OpenStack's most vocal advocate, but a growing list of companies (Red Hat, SUSE, HP and more) now back the platform. OpenStack training and certification courses are also emerging fast.
Blue Box also leverages such open source technologies as EMC Razor and Opscode’s Chef alongside Blue Box intellectual property and technologies.
What else do I know about the company? Not much… at least not yet. But I hope to learn more soon. I'm wondering if the company is a potential Top 100 CSP (Cloud Services Provider) but I don't have financial stats yet to put things in proper context. Stay tuned.