Blue Box gets a Boost: OpenStack Provider Announces Funding Round
OpenStack continues to draw more attention as we see more funding announcements and product news. Seattle-based OpenStack private cloud provider Blue Box has just announced the completion of their Series B funding round which began in Q4 of 2014.
Private clouds, public love
The community speaks volumes as more people rally around OpenStack providers such as the PCaaS (Private Cloud as a Service) product offering from Blue Box. Not only are we seeing peers among the vendor OpenStack community driving this kind of innovation and adoption, but we are also seeing the venture capital funding market lean more and more towards open source options.
The Silicon Angle also dug in a little deeper to find that a mystery telco led out the 14 Million dollar funding round which also speaks volumes about what sort of customers/vendors are dipping their toes into the OpenStack waters thanks to the work of exciting vendors such as Blue Box.
Private cloud alternatives to other competitive commercial offerings such as VMware vCloud have been popping up, with much of the attention falling on OpenStack derivatives like those offered by Blue Box, Rackspace, Mirantis and others. EMC clearly showed interest as they brought Cloudscaling on board in a recent acquisition, which came shortly after competitor Cisco swept up Metacloud.
If we look at the VC work happening in the OpenStack arena, we are seeing more action, and larger investments. It didn’t go unnoticed that Mirantis was the largest single funding round of an open source vendor to date with their Series B funding which totaled 100 Million dollars between existing and new investors.
Blue Box Hybrid
Blue Box does much more than its PCaaS offering because it also offers hybrid offerings of its Blue Box Cloud product suite to allow on-premises to burst and extend to the hosted options where needed.
As more organizations investigate OpenStack as a cloud hosting platform, or wish to extend their existing OpenStack infrastructure, companies like Blue Box have a great potential to open doors into companies who will enjoy the managed approach and support backing of a vendor.
Congratulations to the Blue Box team and we look forward to seeing how they grow in 2015 and beyond as the OpenStack market place grows along with them.