Four New Bare Metal Configurations Now Available for Blue Box Cloud, Supporting Hybrid Environments

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Additional deployment options for Blue Box Cloud private cloud as a service (PCaaS) ideal for users with specific workload types.

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Many customers want both bare metal options and hypervisor-based deployments that support the movement of workloads as development, testing and production needs dictate.

Blue Box—a Seattle-based provider of on-demand OpenStack-powered private cloud as a service (PCaaS) solutions—today made available four new configurations for baremetal implementations in its Blue Box Cloud PCaaS offering, powered by OpenStack. The new configurations help support hybrid implementations between bare metal and OpenStack clouds.

Popular with customers running workloads that require direct hardware access and high performance, bare metal deployment delivers the full capabilities of the underlying hardware without the overhead consumed by a hypervisor. In Blue Box Cloud, hardware is dedicated to each user deployment, so customers have the ability to fully leverage all of the cloud resources in their stack, without worrying about what other tenants might be doing, a concern common in cloud environments where the physical infrastructure is shared among many customers.

The four bare metal configuration types announced today were built in response to the most frequent workloads Blue Box customers deploy. They are:

1. Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal
The Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal offering is perfect for commercial database applications. It provides a low-cost but highly capable server for customers who require dedicated Web and application servers, queue processing or commercial database servers (MS SQL or Oracle).

2. Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal - High I/O
The Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal High I/O offering provides superior performance for online transaction processing (OLTP) and traditional SQL and NoSQL database services and any other high I/O intensive workloads. Built with SSD storage, this configuration also works well for high performance MySQL or Postgres databases.

3. Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal - High Memory
The High Memory Bare Metal server provides an answer for customers with heavy caching, search indexing and in-memory analytics applications. This configuration also will work well for both commercial and open source database packages.

4. Blue Box Cloud Bare Metal - High Storage Density
The Blue Box High Density Bare Metal servers offer 24TB of local storage, ideal for customers with heavy storage requirements.

“When our customers asked us for bare metal, we responded by giving them a deployment model that works in hybrid with our traditional, cloud infrastructure,” said Bob DeSantis, chief revenue officer at Blue Box. “Many customers want both bare metal options and hypervisor-based deployments that support the movement of workloads as development, testing and production needs dictate. That’s what we’ve given them with these four new bare metal configurations.”

All four of these bare metal options are available immediately for current and new Blue Box Cloud customers. These options augment the existing optional capabilities available for Blue Box Cloud included dedicated object storage (based on OpenStack Swift), dedicated block storage (based on OpenStack Cinder and powered by Nimble Storage), and dedicated physical firewalls (powered by Juniper Networks). Learn more by visiting our blog.

About Blue Box
Blue Box delivers Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) to customers worldwide. The company’s technology platform leverages decades of operational expertise in cloud and distributed systems to deliver Blue Box Cloud—a managed, hosted private cloud on dedicated hardware, powered by OpenStack and available and scalable on demand. Blue Box Cloud delivers core benefits of both public and private clouds in one offering. Blue Box meets the control, performance, and security needs of customers in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, digital media, gaming, technology and retail. Learn more about Seattle-based Blue Box at or find Blue Box on Twitter at @bluebox.

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