Penton Technology Names Blue Box to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition

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8th Annual Report Identifies World’s Top 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs)

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We built Blue Box Cloud PCaaS to serve our own customers and our service provider partners via white label, so they can offer hosted or on-premise solutions, or use Blue Box Cloud as part of their own infrastructure solutions.

Blue Box—a Seattle-based provider of on-demand OpenStack-powered PCaaS solutions—has been listed on Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). The complete 501 list is currently available on the MSPmentor website (registration required to view). Blue Box ranked in the top 50 companies on this year’s listing.

“As public cloud started to take off five to 10 years ago, customers started asking us for a way to consume private cloud on the same terms as public cloud: granular pricing, near-on-demand capacity, managed services,” said Hernan Alvarez, chief product officer at Blue Box. “That’s why we built Blue Box Cloud, and it’s awesome to see surveys like MSPmentor’s 501 Global Edition recognize the product for the gap it fills in the market. There’s more and better to come in the year ahead.”

“The world of IT is changing rapidly, and we're delighted to be recognized by MSPmentor as an innovative leader amongst that change," said Ken Cavallon, vice president of strategic business development & alliances at Blue Box. "That's why we have built the Blue Box Cloud PCaaS to serve not only our own customers but our service provider partners via white label, so they can offer hosted or on-premise solutions, or use Blue Box Cloud as part of their own infrastructure solutions. It's good to be at the leading edge of Cloud!"

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in its annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based on Penton Technology’s unique criteria for MSPs such as annual recurring revenues, total revenues and more.

"We want to congratulate Blue Box and look forward to covering their growth strategies in the year ahead," said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group.

This year the top MSPmentor 501 companies recorded higher recurring revenues than ever before. Combined, the total annual recurring revenues for all of MSPmentor 501 2015 companies reached a record high of $3.95 billion in 2014, up 26.5% year over year.

"Thank you to all the companies who participated in this year's MSPmentor 501 survey, and congratulations to the companies that ranked on our 501 list, our regional lists and our Small Business list," said Jessica Davis, Editor in Chief of MSPmentor and Executive Editor at Penton Technology. "Your participation enables us to continue to provide you with high quality information about the most successful business models, pricing, vertical markets and other approaches to running your businesses in 2015 and beyond."

MSPmentor, produced by Penton Technology, is the ultimate guide to managed services. MSPmentor features the industry’s top-ranked blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.

You can find Blue Box at several upcoming technology events this spring. Visit the Blue Box upcoming events page to find out when they’ll be on the road.

About Blue Box
Blue Box delivers Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) to a worldwide customer base. Built on a technology platform leveraging decades of operational expertise in cloud and distributed systems, Blue Box Cloud is a managed private cloud product available in both hosted and on-prem versions. Each Blue Box Cloud is run on dedicated hardware, powered by OpenStack and fully managed by our global team of infrastructure experts. Blue Box Cloud delivers the core benefits of both public and private clouds in one offering and provides the control, performance and security customers need in a wide range of industries, including healthcare & life sciences, financial services, digital media & entertainment, gaming, technology and retail. Learn more about Seattle-based Blue Box at or on Twitter @bluebox.

About Penton
Penton drives performance for more than 16 million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI.

Penton is a growth company with a track record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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