The CEO of recently acquired Tier 3 has joined Seattle-based managed
cloud provider Blue
Box as CEO. Blue Box is a managed cloud infrastructure provider,
focused on delivering managed private OpenStack cloud on dedicated
Matthew Schiltz, who served as CEO of Tier 3 until its acquisition
by CenturyLink last November, will serve as Blue Box CEO, effective
immediately. Schiltz is a proven CEO with a track record of partnering
with technical founders and growing cloud companies to the next level of
Blue Box founder and current CEO Jesse Proudman will transition to the
new role of chief technology officer and will remain on the board of
directors. On Thursday of last week, Proudman was selected by GeekWire
as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year during Seattle's GeekWire
Awards. Selection is based on community voting from peers in the
Seattle entrepreneurial community.
"Matt understands what it takes to accelerate growth at a cloud service
provider," said Proudman. "His direct industry experienc and successful
track record is precisely what Blue Box needs for its next stage of
growth. We've built an incredible technology and operations foundation
and as we launch Blue Box Cloud to a market hungry for managed OpenStack
offerings, Matt will be instrumental in helping us reach new customers,
partners and markets."
Schiltz remarked that "Blue Box's IP portfolio is a key differentiator.
They have already done the hard technical work required to reliably
stand up a consistent cloud architecture for many customers in our data
centers. That team experience, collective knowledge and IP mean that our
deployment teams will be able to keep pace with rapid growth while
helping our ops and customer service teams deliver the one-on-one
attention and reliability that Blue Box is known for."
General Availability of Blue Box Cloud
The executive team addition parallels the company's launch of a new
OpenStack managed hosting service. In beta since last fall, Blue Box
Cloud will be in general availability starting May 12, the first day of OpenStack
Summit in Atlanta.
Blue Box Cloud is a managed OpenStack private cloud offering on
dedicated hardware available in multiple data centers. Because it runs
on hardware dedicated to each customer, it addresses data sovereignty
issues that make public clouds a poor choice for some applications in
healthcare, government and for business-sensitive workloads. Blue Box
Cloud's use of dedicated hardware eliminates the "noisy neighbor"
problems common in public clouds and the tendency among public cloud
users to reserve more VMs than they need in order to support their SLAs.
Blue Box Cloud runs a consistent architecture of OpenStack, where
hardware blueprint and software configuration are the same across all
customer implementations. Additionally, Blue Box has developed a
proprietary configuration, deployment and management suite that
underpins the individual OpenStack environments. It provides cloud
management and performance monitoring, hardware deployment, inventory
management, metering and billing, CRM and support capabilities. This
homogeneous architecture improves scalability, performance and
availability for Blue Box Cloud customers.
"Our proprietary platform lets us reliably spin up and manage many
clouds for many customers, all leveraging the same core OpenStack
architectural opinion. This allows us to shorten time to market for
customers to hours opposed to weeks or months for other providers," said
Proudman. "Imagine OpsWare for the cloud era. This is a powerful
"Users have made it clear that they want choices in how to consume
OpenStack," said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack
Foundation. "Blue Box Cloud brings useful benefits to the managed
services option, namely an OpenStack offering on dedicated hardware for
customers who need the advantages that approach offers."
Blue Box is exhibiting at the OpenStack Summit May 12-16 in Atlanta,
Blue Box is a leading cloud service provider. Nearly 600 companies use
Blue Box's private cloud and managed cloud application hosting
environments for their infrastructure solutions. Clients receive
white-glove 24/7 support through its industry-leading technical
implementation and management expertise. With full ownership and control
of the infrastructure, Blue Box delivers comprehensive, customizable
hosting solutions with game-changing uptime to enterprises and
applications of any size.
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