Blue Box Promotes Alvarez to Chief Product Officer Post

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Growth of Company’s Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) Offering Drives Need for Product Leadership Grounded in Cloud Operations.

Hernan Alvarez

With Hernan, the solution was right under our noses. Hernan has not only proven his abilities in these areas, but he’s a proven and respected leader in our company and in the cloud industry.

The next step in the ongoing strategic expansion at Blue Box has moved the company’s cloud operations veteran to the position of chief product officer (CPO).

Hernan Alvarez, formerly the company’s vice president of operations and product, has been named to a new role that comprises product management, engineering, customer implementations, technical operations and customer operations. This breadth of responsibility reflects the primary differentiators of Blue Box Cloud: operational efficiency, performance, reliability and customer confidence.

Blue Box is a Seattle-based provider of OpenStack-powered PCaaS delivered on-demand on dedicated, bare-metal hardware.

Alvarez joined Blue Box in May of 2013, and his first task was to build upon the engineering team’s early work on the company’s OpenStack-powered product. He re-engineered the team, which then built the Blue Box Cloud product and released it to early access customers in September of that year. By May of 2014, Blue Box Cloud was released into general availability.

Prior to Blue Box, Alvarez served in several operations roles at HP, including senior director of architecture and operations. He ran operations for HP’s OpenStack public cloud, recently re-branded as HP Helion. Additionally, he was the principal operational architect for HP’s OpenStack private cloud product, delivering services to Fortune 500® customers and large service providers. Before joining HP, Alvarez served in key leadership roles with a focus on cloud and agile infrastructure operations at WhitePages, Snapvine, Farecast, Mobliss and AdRelevance.

“When we identified the need for C-level leadership that understood engineering, operations and OpenStack, we knew that finding those skills in one person would be a tall order,” said Matthew Schiltz, CEO of Blue Box. “With Hernan, the solution was right under our noses. Our next phase of growth combines operational excellence and a product mindset, and Hernan has not only proven his abilities in these areas, but he’s a proven and respected leader in our company and in the cloud industry.”

About Blue Box
Blue Box, a Seattle-based cloud technology company, delivers agile cloud resources to nearly 600 customers worldwide. The company's Blue Box Cloud provides customers with Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS): a managed private cloud powered by OpenStack, delivered on easily scalable dedicated hardware that ensures performance and security, while meeting strict data sovereignty requirements.

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