IBM buys Blue Box

IBM logoBig Blue has moved further into the cloud space by buying a managed private cloud provider called Blue Box.

Blue Box is a privately owned company from Seattle that specialises in cloud as a service based on OpenStack. Because it’s a private company, financial details need not be provided.

IBM said the reason it bought Blue Box because it will help it support customers with their applications and on premises systems into an OpenStack managed cloud.

The big idea is that the acquisition will help IBM deliver a public cloud experience within its customers’ own data centre.

The CEO of Blue Box, Jesse Proudman, said the conjunction of the two companies is the beginning of new OpenStack options from IBM. “Now is the time to arm customers with more efficient development, delivery and lower cost solutions than they’ve seen thus far.”

IBM said its cloud revenue amount to $7.7 billion at the end of March 2015.