Blue Box Group Founder Sets Cloud Direction with OpenStack

VIDEO: Jesse Proudman, founder of cloud service provider Blue Box Group, discusses the company's leadership changes and its involvement with OpenStack.


Jesse Proudman started Blue Box Group in 2003 to provide hosting for complex open-source applications. Proudman is stepping back from the role of CEO and has hired Matthew Schiltz, the former CEO of Tier 3, to replace him. Tier 3 was acquired by CenturyLink in November 2013.

In a video interview with eWEEK, Proudman discusses how and why he chose Schiltz to become CEO of Blue Box. With the new CEO in place, Proudman becomes the CTO and will help set the technical strategic direction for the company. Blue Box Group has raised $9 million to date in funding and has 600 customers that use its managed and private cloud hosting environments.

"We've built a technology that is focused on cloud service providers, it can be used by a telco, a data center or even an enterprise," Proudman said.

Proudman noted that his company helps provide managed private clouds and is working toward delivering all OpenStack services. With the recent OpenStack Icehouse release, Proudman said that there has been a real maturation of the available OpenStack services.

"With Icehouse, you've now got what feels to me to be a very baked and efficient core structure," Proudman said.

Watch the full video interview with Jesse Proudman, founder of BlueBox below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.