IBM buys Blue Box, adds OpenStack private cloud as a service

There's a run on OpenStack related companies. IBM acquired Blue Box, which offers private clouds as a service via OpenStack.

IBM said Wednesday that it has acquired Blue Box, which specializes in OpenStack private clouds.

The privately held Blue Box, which is based in Seattle, gives IBM another piece in its OpenStack arsenal. IBM has bet big on the hybrid cloud and sees OpenStack as the connective tissue for on-premise infrastructure, its public SoftLayer cloud and private clouds.

IBM is also targeting managed cloud services. It's worth nothing that there's a run on OpenStack enabled companies being acquired. Cisco made an OpenStack related acquisition with the Piston Cloud purchase on Wednesday. And EMC recently entered the managed cloud game via its acquisition of Virtustream.

According to IBM, Blue Box will allow Big Blue to deploy private clouds as a service. Here's how Blue Box surrounds OpenStack with services and support.

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Blue Box will sit in IBM's OpenStack portfolio. IBM also said Blue Box will be used to speed up application delivery, manage infrastructure service and offer a management tool for OpenStack clouds.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. IBM said it will support Blue Box clients, maintain products and introduce them to Big Blue's broader portfolio.

Blue Box's private cloud as a service pricing breaks down like this.

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