IBM Launches Bluemix Local in China
In a move to expand its hybrid cloud penetration in China, IBM is launching its Bluemix Local PaaS there.IBM announced it is expanding the availability of its hybrid cloud capabilities in China through the launch of Bluemix Local. Bluemix Local is IBM’s behind-the-firewall cloud computing platform that enables enterprises to quickly and securely build apps and deploy them across public, private and on-premises environments. The delivery of Bluemix Local brings Chinese enterprises and developers the speed and ease of hybrid app development on IBM’s Bluemix Platform behind an organization’s firewall. Built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility, Bluemix Local frees up the time that organizations have traditionally spent managing infrastructure and moving data and apps between disparate cloud environments. “This is a significant milestone for Bluemix and for Cloud Foundry,” said Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, in a statement. “Cloud Foundry is a global phenomenon and IBM is responding very effectively to demand. China is becoming a major market for Cloud Foundry, the industry’s standard for platform-as-a-service.”
China is home to 10 percent or about 1.9 million of the world’s developers, according to analyst firm IDC. Forrester Research estimates the overall Chinese IT market to be worth $136 billion this year. The growing developer population is in position to answer the Chinese government’s call to increase local entrepreneurship and innovation.
"As the pace of innovation within China's thriving tech and developer ecosystem grows faster than ever, so does the demand to significantly expand how cloud can be used to quickly build intelligent and connected apps," said Steve Robinson, general manager of IBM Cloud Platform Services, in a statement. “Today's news builds on IBM's recent collaboration with 21Vianet and establishes Bluemix as the premier cloud platform for helping developers and companies embrace this shift.”
IBM recently announced collaboration with 21Vianet, a carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, to make Bluemix available throughout the country. The collaboration aims to usher in a new era of hybrid cloud-driven innovation and next-generation cognitive, analytics and IoT app development for developers and enterprises in China.