IBM Leverages Bluemix PaaS, Resiliency in Cloud Battle
"We turned to IBM Bluemix to tap into a broad roster of open tools and services – from both IBM and other third parties – which would allow us to bring our clients the features they want while still maintaining a high degree of security, availability and scalability," said Federico Pinna, CTO and co-founder of Vivocha, in a statement. "Through Bluemix, we can bring our clients stronger, analytical customer engagement models and help drastically improve the percentage of site visitors who turn into customers." Built on Cloud Foundry and IBM's cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, Bluemix combines IBM's middleware portfolio and third-party services to bring users an open app development experience in the cloud. Bluemix helps both born-on-the-web and developers working in a legacy, on-premise infrastructure to build new, cloud-based mobile and web apps with tools specific to individual integration and capability needs. The PaaS also features a "DevOps in the cloud" model, which enables developers to rapidly develop, deliver and improve their apps based on continuous testing and user feedback. In addition, IBM announced that Verdafero, a San Francisco-based utility analytics startup, has selected IBM Cloud to power its utility analytics platform, enabling customers to reduce their energy, water or waste consumption by up to 30 percent. Verdafero chose IBM's Bluemix over a previously used platform to speed the development and delivery of more features and offerings to its users. Verdafero helps organizations such as cities, gas stations, hotel chains, health clubs and other businesses owning multiple properties to efficiently manage utility costs and usage across all locations with the help of cloud-based analytics. Through a centralized dashboard, organizations can visualize, compare and analyze their entire electric, gas, water, waste, fuel and carbon footprints across all of their properties and usage histories. With this level of understanding of entire utility usage, Verdafero's web platform has helped users reduce utility consumption by as much as 30 percent and ultimately cut costs, IBM said.Indeed, Verdafero shifted from its traditional provider to IBM Bluemix to increase solution scalability, security and data storage. This shift not only allowed the company to accelerate its development speed, but also provided the necessary flexibility for Verdafero to set its sights on building new features, such as making its APIs available for external developers to integrate into other, separate apps in new markets. Since its launch in February, IBM has seen rapid adoption of Bluemix with key clients and partners such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), GE Capital, Financial Insurance Management Corp (FIMC), GameStop, Pitney Bowes, Continental Automotive and start-ups including EyeQ, aPersona and Byte, among many others.
"Switching our development to the Bluemix platform has been a game changer," said Dr. Alastair Hood, CEO of Verdafero, in a statement. "We wanted a solution that would allow our infrastructure to grow and remain secure as we expand our app into new markets and build new features. Bluemix's user interface allows our new employees and developers to get up to speed quickly, collaborate and develop faster - and we are now turning around valuable features at a rapid pace."