Only three months or so ago, the cloud world was interested to learn that IBM, already a strong player in the various open-source cloud initiatives in existence, was acquiring the small but influential OpenStack vendor Blue Box. At the time, many commented that it was a good investment — Blue Box has, after all, built itself a good reputation in the OpenStack ecosystem and grown a level of credibility that was probably larger than its business presence would have indicated.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.