New storage, database and networking capabilities now available with Blue Box Cloud

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Blue Box has announced that Blue Box Cloud, launched in May at OpenStack Summit in Atlanta US, now offers a range of new product updates including new block storage and OpenStack database as a service (DBaaS) options and advanced networking and security capabilities including VXLAN and enhanced dedicated firewall support to the Blue Box private cloud as a service (PCaaS) solution. The announcement was made at OpenStack Summit in Paris.

Working with leading industry partners, Blue Box now offers full commercial availability for five major enhancements:

  • Dedicated object storage based on OpenStack Object Storage (Swift)
  • Dedicated Adaptive Flash storage based on OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) powered by Nimble Storage
  • OpenStack Trove DBaaS powered by Tesora
  • Dedicated firewall options powered by Juniper Networks
  • Virtual networking support inside of each Blue Box Cloud implementation
  • Dedicated OpenStack Object Storage

Blue Box announced immediate availability of a new dedicated object storage solution, based on OpenStack Object Storage (Swift). Blue Box's OpenStack Object Storage solution starts at 20 TB of usable object storage capacity and can be increased in 6.5 TB increments.

Dedicated OpenStack Block Storage Powered by Nimble Storage

Blue Box has selected the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform as the core foundation of its new dedicated block storage solution, based on OpenStack Cinder. The feature is ideal for workloads that include high performance databases, high I/O, random read/write and VM boot volumes.

Block storage is a key element of cloud infrastructure for many customers. With Nimble's Adaptive Flash platform, Blue Box now offers high-performance storage services with a rich feature set that includes efficient snapshots and zero-copy clones.

Blue Box's OpenStack Block Storage solutions start at 12 TB of raw storage capacity and include a 640GB Flash Cache Tier and redundant 10 Gig Ethernet ports. Storage capacity and performance can be easily increased as customer requirements change.

Blue Box Cloud currently includes the Nimble CS300 array as the base block storage foundation of its service offering, with future support planned for additional models, data in-place upgrades and clustering. The Blue Box engineering team selected the CS300 array because it offers the most optimized convergence of modularity, scalability and i/ops performance, delivering superior price/performance relative to alternative offerings.

OpenStack Trove DBaaS Powered by Tesora

DBaaS is a solution more users demand as their use of cloud matures and the number and types of apps supported grow. Partnering with Tesora, Blue Box has launched DBaaS functionality powered by OpenStack Trove. Tesora's enterprise-class DBaaS platform lets administrators and developers use the same infrastructure to manage multiple database instances.

With Blue Box Cloud's Tesora DBaaS capability, users can manage basic administrative tasks like provisioning, deployment and configuration, as well as database tuning and performance monitoring through a simple, unified interface. The platform gives users the range of database management capabilities they need in an OpenStack environment without the challenges of scaling the database infrastructure. Supported databases include MySQL, MongoDB, Redis and Cassandra.

Security enhancements powered by Juniper Networks

Blue Box also released immediate availability of two new important features for Blue Box Cloud: a physical firewall option and support for customer controlled virtual networking.

Blue Box has implemented technology from Juniper Networks to power these new networking enhancements. Firewall solutions include Base, Enhanced and High Performance options built using Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways, designed to meet the capacity and security needs of customers of all sizes. Blue Box is offering a range of SRX platforms today and is evaluating Firefly, Juniper's virtualized SRX application for additional flexibility.

Blue Box is also announcing new virtual networking support inside of each Blue Box Cloud implementation. This will enable customers to define their own virtual Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks in their OpenStack environment, allowing for more complex application and security architecture.


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