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Blue Box Cloud Steps Closer to Public Cloud Pricing Granularity for Private Cloud as a Service

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

Blue Box—a Seattle-based provider of on-demand private cloud as a service (PCaaS) on dedicated hardware—today announced the availability of month-to-month pricing on Blue Box Cloud at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event in Mountain View, Calif.

Blue Box Cloud, which is already known for making OpenStack Private Cloud easy to deploy, scale and maintain, now comes with a pricing structure that offers clients low cost of entry, low risk, and maximum flexibility.

Key News Facts

1. Blue Box now offers its customers the option to purchase a Blue Box Cloud initial cluster or add-on nodes on a month-to-month basis.

2. Initial pricing is $ 5,000 a month. See below for details regarding what this includes.

3. The month-to-month fee is paid monthly in advance and can be canceled before the end of 30 days.

4. An existing stack can be converted to 12-month term pricing at any time, effective at the end of the current monthly term, saving customers 20% or more

5. Customers opting to start with 12-month term pricing can still purchase additional nodes month-to-month.

Learn more about Blue Box Cloud and month-to-month pricing at our website.

What Blue Box Cloud Month to Month Pricing Delivers

Base pricing of $ 5,000 per month includes:

– Three physical nodes

– 96 cores

– 384GB RAM

– 3.6TB disk

– 14 public IPV4 addresses

– 3 TB of Bandwidth

“Since we went into general availability in May, Blue Box Cloud has rapidly advanced on its technology roadmap, and today’s news is the next big step in delivering private cloud as a service under pricing and delivery models that rival the agility and flexibility of public cloud,” said said Bob Desantis, chief revenue officer at Blue Box. “With a month-to-month pricing option, Blue Box Cloud gives customers the ultimate on-demand performance and operational flexibility as well as economic elasticity and cost certainty. In other words, it gives customers the best of private cloud performance and security, paired with the economics and agility they need.”

About Blue Box

Blue Box is a pioneering Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) provider with a worldwide customer base. Blue Box’s technology platform leverages decades of operational expertise in cloud and distributed systems to deliver Blue Box Cloud—a managed, hosted private cloud on dedicated hardware, powered by OpenStack and available and scalable on demand. Blue Box Cloud delivers core benefits of both public and private clouds in one offering. Blue Box meets the control, performance, and security needs of customers in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, digital media, gaming, technology and retail. Learn more about Seattle-based Blue Box at or find Blue Box on Twitter at @bluebox.

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14th Annual Demand Success Conference Brought Together Top Marketing and Public Relations Professionals to Discuss the Evolving Industry

Beltsville, Maryland (PRWEB) June 06, 2014

Vocus, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based public relations and marketing software, played host to marketing and public relations professionals at Demand Success 2014, a two-day conference held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. metro area from June 5 – 6. The conference offered over 50 sessions on PR, marketing and social media and provided various networking opportunities and hands-on training prior to the main event to more than 850 industry professionals.

“Every year we try to provide the marketing and public relations community with the best industry-leading speaker lineup and programing in order to drive success in an ever evolving landscape,” said Vocus Chief Marketing Officer You Mon Tsang. “It’s important for us to lead the conversation on the latest trends and offer actionable tips for our community to continue progressing and innovating.”

The conference featured some of the industry’s top thought leaders, including Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook marketing lead and author of “Dot Complicated;” Avinash Kaushik, Google’s digital marketing evangelist; Adrian Grenier, star of “Entourage” and co-founder of SHFT; and Judy Smith, renowned crisis communicator and inspiration for the TV series “Scandal,” among many others.

In her keynote, Zuckerberg discussed how the digital world has made life more complicated, especially for marketing and PR professionals who manage brands in real-time communications. She shared her unique perspective on untangling industry professionals’ “wired lives” while addressing the multifaceted complications in the socially transparent world we live in.

Other highlights came from Kaushik, who discussed how precision measurement and testing can help marketers deliver leads and build a superior online presence, and Smith, who offered expert advice on PR and crisis communications. Kaushik presented attendees with ways to leverage digital platforms and data to outsmart competitors and achieve measurable, financial results with social media, content and other digital marketing. Smith shared best practices based on her experiences, which include the prosecution of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, and the Enron congressional inquiry.

“Each year, Vocus’ Demand Success conference sets the bar higher,” said AAA National Office Managing Director, Public Relations Yolanda Cade. “Engaging sessions with industry thought leaders and cutting-edge insights make this a can’t-miss event for my team each year.”

“From the content to the networking, Demand Success 2014 was comprehensive and worthwhile,” said Shorty Awards Senior Supervising Producer Natan Edelsburg. “Adrian Grenier’s keynote, the Ignite Talks with Cox Communications’ Martin Jones, Pasticity’s Jennifer Moss and more helped me to understand exactly what I need to do to achieve the marketing goals our company has set in place.”

Demand Success focuses on helping marketing and public relations professionals gain the intelligence they need to continue their success in a competitive and evolving industry. This year’s sessions showed professionals how to turn branded materials into highly visual and sharable content, deploy innovative online strategies, build brands, and measure efforts to produce more leads and ROI.


About Vocus

Vocus provides leading cloud-based public relations and marketing software that enables companies to acquire and retain customers. The company offers products and services to help clients attract and engage prospects, nurture and convert customers, and measure and improve PR and marketing effectiveness. More than 16,000 annual subscription customers across a wide variety of industries use Vocus software. The company is headquartered in Beltsville, MD with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit or call (800) 345-5572.

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The risks and uncertainties referred to above include, but are not limited to, risks associated with possible fluctuations in our operating results and rate of growth, our history of operating losses, risks associated with acquisitions, including our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses, risks associated with our foreign operations, interruptions or delays in our service or our web hosting, our business model, breach of our security measures, the emerging market in which we operate, our relatively limited operating history, our ability to hire, retain, and motivate our employees and manage our growth, competition, our ability to continue to release and gain customer acceptance of new and improved versions of our service, successful customer deployment and utilization of our services, fluctuations in the number of shares outstanding, foreign currency exchange rates and interest rate.

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CEO and President of Marketing Maven Public Relations, Lindsey Carnett, Brings PR Insight to Cal Poly Entrepreneurs at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Lindsey Carnett, CEO & President of Marketing Maven Public Relations

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2013

Lindsey Carnett, CEO and President of Marketing Maven Public Relations, will outline the foundational practices of implementing PR for entrepreneurs on February 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM in Building 38, Room 112 at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

In a presentation titled, “You: The Owner, PR: The Mediator”, Carnett establishes the importance of public relations in building a successful entrepreneurial career. By sharing her own experience in becoming a small-business owner, Carnett reviews the hurdles she faced and poses important questions to help students reflect on their own entrepreneurial paths: how long can one survive without income? What does it take to create a corporation? What kind of financial accounts need to be created? Do small business owners need investors? Who can refer business? When is the right time to expand?

Carnett also covers the fundamentals of public relations, including its six main functions and their importance. “As more and more entrepreneurs take the risk of building their own empire, it is important that they learn from the business experience of successful owners to avoid pitfalls of their own,” said Carnett. “This includes having a foundational understanding of what may be needed to help catalyze that success, such as outside help from a public relations or marketing company. When entrepreneurs invest life savings into building their success, they must know the facets of growing into their industry and setting the bar as thought leaders and industry professionals.”

As seen in the Forbes Most Powerful Woman Business Leader issue, Carnett has taken her business expertise globally, enlightening her marketing peers and those new to the industry about accountable publicity and positive online reputation. Having spoken at Electronic Retailing Association D2C and at the Electronic Retailing Association’s Great Ideas Summit, Carnett has gained the reputation as an expert in the field of marketing and public relations.

For more information about Carnett and Marketing Maven Public Relations, please visit

To learn more about California Polytechnic Entrepreneurs, please visit

About Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc.

Bicoastal PR firm, Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc. is an innovative and exclusive public relations agency that under promises and over performs. Founded by Lindsey Carnett in 2009, the agency specializes in lifestyle and consumer products, companies and events. Additional services include hospitality and gaming PR, social media campaigns, reputation management, direct response marketing, SEO, celebrity gifting and Spanish media relations. Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc. develops newsworthy mainstream issues relevant to the clients’ product or service. With offices in New York, the agency then creates media interest and delivers the clients’ message to the masses, creating a demand from the target demographic.

Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc. also has an expertise in Direct to Consumer marketing as well as product development and PR for supplements and ingredients. The agency has the ability to earn product distribution at retail and helps find funding for national product launches. With representatives across the globe, the Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc. team has strong relationships with local, national and international media. Visit for more information about the company.

About Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

One of the best parts of CPE is our connection to our parent organization, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Through the CIE, we can connect our members to a wide array of valuable resources needed when working to start a venture.


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