IBM Developer Cloud Gets a Power Boost
IBM adds to its cloud opportunities for developers with a new Power Development Platform powered by Power Systems.To help its business partners build big data applications as well as other types of apps, IBM announced a new application development cloud called the IBM Power Development Platform. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference, the IBM Power Development Platform (PDP) provides software developers with no-charge access over the cloud to IBM Power Systems servers to build, port and test applications. IBM officials said the company expects the new resource will be of particular interest to Linux developers, many of whom are seeking and using more powerful, modern servers built to handle the new wave of open, collaborative applications for big data, mobile and social business computing. Accessible through IBM's PartnerWorld program, the PDP provides developers with worldwide remote access to the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor-based servers running Linux, AIX and IBM i operating systems. Once up and running on the PDP, users have access to the same Power Systems hardware platform that, together with Linux, powers IBM Watson's cognitive computing solutions.
Additionally, the PDP includes a new Linux porting image with IBM DB2 10.x, IBM WebSphere 8.5.5 and the latest Linux development tools for Power. The PDP also serves as an entry point to the full IBM Software Group Software Access Catalog, which contains current versions of hundreds of downloadable IBM software applications.