IBM to Acquire Premier Hybrid Cloud Consulting Firm, BoxBoat Technologies

IBM will acquire BoxBoat Technologies, a leading DevOps consultant and Kubernetes certified enterprise service provider. IBM’s container strategy and implementation services offering will be expanded by BoxBoat in order to enhance IBM’s hybrid cloud vision and drive Red Hat OpenShift adoption throughout the world.

Containers and Kubernetes are two of the most important drivers of digital transformation in businesses. Containerization of software applications makes life easier for developers by abstracting computer infrastructure further, and corporate container systems are becoming more popular.

BoxBoat Technologies, based in Bethesda, Maryland, was founded in 2016 to assist clients in establishing containers and Kubernetes as fundamental enablers for cloud solutions. It has a track record of executing difficult cloud consulting projects, including advising a number of Fortune 100 and government customers on industry best practices, updating current DevOps systems, and containerizing mission-critical workloads.

“Our clients require a cloud architecture that allows them to operate across a traditional IT environment, private cloud and public clouds. That’s at the heart of our hybrid cloud approach,” said John Granger, Senior Vice President, Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM. “No cloud modernization project can succeed without a containerization strategy, and BoxBoat is at the forefront of container services innovation.”

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The deal is subject to the usual closing conditions. This quarter is projected to be the last. It is expected to close this quarter.

Hybrid Cloud Services

Photo Tim Hohman, CEO and Co-Founder of BoxBoat
“Joining IBM will allow us to realize a shared vision of helping clients innovate by successfully deploying container-based applications on-premise and to the cloud,” said Tim Hohman, CEO and Co-Founder of BoxBoat.

IBM’s continued investment in hybrid cloud services and fostering development in the $200 billion cloud professional services industry is reflected in BoxBoat Technologies. This news follows IBM’s acquisition of leading cloud services firms – Nordcloud and Taos – which closed in the first quarter of 2021 and significantly expanded IBM’s multicloud transformation, management expertise and capabilities.

BoxBoat offers a comprehensive set of services, including tailored Kubernetes and Enterprise Container Platform adoption plans, application containerization, DevSecOps, training, and enablement. BoxBoat advises businesses on the best tooling, business strategy, workflows, and processes for achieving DevOps objectives.

BoxBoat Technologies will join IBM Global Business Services’ “fast-growing” Hybrid Cloud Services business, allowing IBM to better address client demand for container strategy as well as the essential people and process components of the cloud transformation journey.

“We founded BoxBoat on the idea that containers and DevOps would become an industry standard with the potential to transform enterprise IT with lightning-fast application deployment workflows,” said Tim Hohman, CEO and Co-Founder of BoxBoat. “Joining IBM will allow us to realize a shared vision of helping clients innovate by successfully deploying container-based applications on-premise and to the cloud.”

AWS, Azure, GCP

The BoxBoat team includes highly talented engineers with an average of nine years in the business, active open-source contributors, Kubernetes Admins, Kubernetes Application Developers, and automation specialists. Their highly experienced team is certified in Amazon Web Services, Docker, GitLab, Google Cloud Platform, Hashicorp, Kubernetes, and Microsoft Azure technologies, among others.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are among the company’s partners. BoxBoat Technologies was also the first GitLab Professional Services Partner to get certified.