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IBM Introduces New Services for Bluemix

May 14, 2015
By Joe Rizzo
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Bluemix is the latest cloud offering that comes to us from IBM (News - Alert). It is designed to enable organizations and developers to quickly and easily create, deploy and manage applications on the cloud. Bluemix is an implementation of IBM's Open Cloud Architecture based on Cloud Foundry. Bluemix delivers enterprise-level services that can easily integrate with cloud applications without the need to know how to install or configure them.

Cloud Foundry is an open source platform as a service (PaaS) that allows for the quick creation and deployment of applications on the cloud.  Because it is open source, Cloud Foundry is not vendor specific and does not lock into proprietary software or cloud infrastructure.

Earlier this week, IBM introduced new services with the goal of being able to give developers the ability to create analytics-driven cloud applications. The announcement was made at this year’s Cloud Foundry Summit which was held in Santa Clara, CA (News - Alert).

What makes this particularly useful is the fact that by using IBM’s Bluemix API Management service, developers will have the means of being able to quickly create, deploy, as well as share large scale APIs. As we see more open source services becoming available, the need to manage, maintain and control APIs becomes a critical function.

Damion Heredia, who is vice president of Platform Services, IBM Cloud, said "The key announcement is around our integration of API management into the platform. That's a big area for our clients and the solutions our clients are building."

Developers of any skill level should find IBM’s Bluemix API Management service easy to use as it comes with built-in documentation along with a catalog of rich information on APIs for both internal and external developers. This should help developers create cloud applications for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), supply-chain analytics and intelligent infrastructure solutions.

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IBM will be establishing its first IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo in Raleigh, N.C. This will be a physical location that is open to all developers. IBM will use this “dojo” to help accelerate skills on the Cloud Foundry Code. It is also designed to mentor developers in an effort to increase the number of code committers to Cloud Foundry.

In addition the development tools, IBM also announced that it has new capabilities on Bluemix for its IBM MobileFirst platform. These new abilities focus on something that has become quite popular lately. I’m referring to location-based services. Developers will be able to use location-based mobile apps experiences to information from digital engagement and physical presence.

Heredia made the following remarks, "Mobile was a big part of our platform from the beginning when we started Bluemix. What did they search on in their browser before they walked into the store? When they get into the store and they check in, can you tie all that together? We've publicly partnered with Microsoft on providing a .NET (News - Alert) Buildpack, which is a way to run .NET applications on Bluemix. With their support, we codeveloped a Buildpack that allows you to run your .NET applications right next to other languages."

In addition to working with Microsoft (News - Alert), IBM also announced a few other ecosystem and third-party services at the summit;

  • Cupenya Insights, which provides an analytics foundation that allows developers to connect and monitor business activities across several Bluemix applications, define key performance indicators and receive a performance overview of the entire business process or supply chain.
  • platform by Think Data Works, which collects, consolidates and organizes data from public data streams into a single portal developers can leverage for their apps.
  • by Flow, which collects real-time data and provides complex event processing and data delivery to make it easier to integrate applications with software or devices in the Internet of Things space.
  • Reappt from Push Technology, which delivers data at scale and speed over the Internet to give your apps a performance edge.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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