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Cloud Foundry: One PaaS to Rule Them All

Cloud Foundry: One PaaS to Rule Them All

It’s now official: beginning this summer, Cloud Foundry will be managed by a governance foundation similar in formation to OpenStack.

EMC, IBM, HP, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware have all signed on as platinum sponsors to a new Cloud Foundry foundation, committing $1.5M over the next three years to a communal war chest. This alliance squelches any concern that a single vendor defines the fate of the well established PaaS technology. With this announcement, the die has been cast, and Cloud Foundry has...

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Vote for Blue Box at OpenStack Summit

Vote for Blue Box at OpenStack Summit

May's OpenStack Summit in Atlanta is just around the corner and Blue Box has three proposed talks. We'd love your support to vote them into the Summit!

Scaling Out OpenStack Clouds in the Enterprise

A panel discussion with:
  • Jesse Proudman, CEO at Blue Box
  • Kenneth Hui, Open Cloud Architect at Rackspace
  • Manju Ramanathpura, CTO - Intelligent Platforms at Hitachi Data Systems
  • Caroline McCrory, Head of Product at Piston Cloud
  • Boris Renski, CMO of Mirantis
  • Jan Mark Holzer, Office of the CTO, RedHat

This Panel discussion will focus...

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OpenStack Interoperability

OpenStack Interoperability

Interoperability is one of the foundational benefits of a technology initiative like OpenStack. Yet historically, certifying interoperability for a project as broad and far-reaching as OpenStack has been daunting.

That’s all about to change…

Today, Mirantis announced a new initiative focused on open certification for third party hardware and software integrations with OpenStack. Backed by more than a dozen vendors including VMware, NetApp, Hitachi and HP, this project will consist of a series of open source tools enabling these providers to self-certify their hardware and software against OpenStack releases and API...

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Atlanta OpenStack Summit, Here We Come

Atlanta OpenStack Summit, Here We Come

The Blue Box team is counting down the days until the Atlanta OpenStack Summit, May 12th – 16th, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!
The OpenStack Summit is a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software, bringing together the brightest technical minds to discuss the future of cloud computing.

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Operations, The Missing Discussion

Operations, The Missing Discussion

At the OpenStack Enterprise Forum event last week, it became apparent that installation of OpenStack has become child's play. But we're missing a discussion about the challenges around long term OpenStack operations.

This event was a panel discussion moderated by Gartner’s Lydia Leong and featured conversation with executives and engineers from PayPal, Nebula, eBay, Internap, Solinea and HP. The panelists represented a wide breadth of OpenStack vendors including enterprise users, public cloud operators and OpenStack consultants, and the discussion was primarily focused on how an Enterprise...

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Engineers: You’re Doing Marketing Wrong

You know what I’m talking about. Whether it's the side comment after hearing the word “marketing” mentioned or the clear expression of frustration when reading some of their published material, one thing is pretty clear – there is a pretty significant disdain for all things marketing amongst many engineers.

Certainly this does not pertain to all engineers. But in just the last week, I couldn't help but notice how many times I had overheard negative sentiments amongst some of my peers.

How did this happen? I mean, how did this relationship that is presumably rooted in a common purpose (getting useful products into the hands of the consumer) devolved so far? Where does this seemingly...

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Regular Expressions Spotlight: Groups Pt I

In February of 2013 I wrote a series of posts titled “Using Regular Expressions in Ruby.” The response to this series (and my conference presentation “Beneath the Surface: Regular Expressions in Ruby”) was unexpected and amazing. The Ruby community’s appetite for content on regular expressions is stronger than I ever imagined!

To that end, I’m starting a new series of blog posts called “Regular Expressions Spotlights.” Each of these will take a regular expression concept or component and delve into it, explaining what it is, how it works, and how you can use it in your everyday code. Once you understand these concepts, you’ll wonder how you ever coded without them.

This first post will...

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Break Apart Rails Monoliths Using This 1 Weird Trick

Somewhere around the 6-month mark of a project there's a heavy sense, looking at the codebase, that this is how it's going to be.

TL;DR

No business logic in models - limit to AR persistence, relationships, scopes, and utility functions
No business logic in views - rails anti-pattern, avoid in ERB
No business logic in controllers - limit to HTTP and MIME responses, fire off business logic objects
Put business logic in new ruby objects - use case objects, DCI contexts, or plain ruby objects
Groups of...

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Early Adopters, The Time Is Now: OpenStack, On Demand

Early Adopters, The Time Is Now: OpenStack, On Demand

I am proud to announce Blue Box’s OpenStack Early Adopters Program. Blue Box’s On-Demand OpenStack is a first-of-its-kind offering that delivers true single-tenant private cloud environments that meet all five defining private cloud characteristics.

The Five Characteristics

The five following characteristics are the foundation of true private cloud:

  • Ease of Use - Private clouds should be incredibly simple to both deploy and use and require minimal drain on organizational resources.
     
  • Integrate with Existing IT Infrastructure - Private clouds should be able to tie back into legacy IT infrastructure including appliance based...

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Really Big Data: The Digitalized Health Record Explosion

Really Big Data: The Digitalized Health Record Explosion

Seizing the opportunities and avoiding the pitfalls of the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Update

On September 23rd 2013, the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule went into effect. This update is the most sweeping change to the HIPAA regulations since they were first instituted in 1996. For IT professionals the most interesting element of this update is the requirement that health care providers grant patients access to their health records in electronic format upon request. Couple that...

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