IBM Invests $1B in PaaS in Quest for Cloud Leadership

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-02-24 Print this article Print

"IBM is ushering in a bold new era of innovation by partnering with developers in an open environment to accelerate the emerging world of hybrid cloud computing." said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president of Software and Cloud Solutions, in a statement. "We are combining the strength of our developer ecosystem with the depth of subject matter expertise in domains such as mobile, big data and DevOps, to build a scalable model that easily spans from a single developer to global teams. Today's news is another significant move in extending true cloud integration—not just to existing data and transaction services but to a new class of emerging applications."

IBM said developers are looking for a dynamic application development environment to support the cloud era. A new development platform should be open and flexible and make it easier for corporate developers and independent companies alike to create applications and connect them to existing computing systems.

Enter IBM BlueMix, an innovative development technology IBM has been working on for some time. In response to these market dynamics, today IBM is announcing three new sets of cloud capabilities.

IBM is opening its extensive enterprise software portfolio to the cloud and is launching an open beta code-named BlueMix, a new PaaS that combines the strength of IBM software and third-party and open technologies. BlueMix provides DevOps in the cloud—an open, integrated development experience that scales. DevOps services help developers, independent firms and enterprise teams get started instantly to quickly and effectively build enterprise applications. DevOps services enable developers to focus on continuously delivering new function by learning from their users.

Meanwhile, IBM also is bringing its middleware portfolio, such as WebSphere, to SoftLayer through predefined software patterns to easily extend existing applications to the cloud. With more than 200 application and middleware patterns available from IBM and IBM business partners, the IBM Software Patterns are differentiated in that they enable application portability across a hybrid cloud environment, providing the flexibility to deploy applications and middleware on-premises or off-premises, simplifying hybrid IT management.

IBM continues to invest in and expand the services running on SoftLayer, including DevOps to provide capabilities to plan, develop, test, deploy and monitor applications; systems management as a service—via Service Engage—extending its systems management solutions to the cloud. And IBM today announced that it is infusing Power Systems into its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure to support Watson solutions.

Service Engage provides IT practitioners with the ability to optimize how they manage mixed workloads—both cloud and on-premises—along with billions of connected devices and business applications across any given organization. The IBM Service Engage solutions are available both as a service hosted on IBM's SoftLayer and as on-premises installed software providing clients with deployment and management choice and flexibility.

For its part, the BlueMix application development environment delivers the speed and flexibility of a PaaS to allow developers to more quickly compose and build enterprise-grade applications for the cloud era by providing access to IBM's vast software portfolio as composable services. It is built on open standards and leverages Cloud Foundry to enable developers to avoid vendor lock-in while using their existing application development assets, tools and skills, which is essential for building hybrid clouds, IBM said.



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