IBM Adds New Bluemix Services at Cloud Foundry Summit
IBM already has 12 Dojo graduates on its team, and a dedicated team of nine full- time developers to work solely on Cloud Foundry projects, including Elastic Runtime, Diego, Services, BOSH, CLI and Eclipse Tools for Cloud Foundry. IBM has long supported open source organizations in addition to Cloud Foundry, recently unveiling IBM Containers, and a Docker-based container service delivered on Bluemix that includes open Docker-native features and interfaces, including the new Docker orchestration services. The IBM Containers service will enable enterprises to launch Docker containers directly onto the IBM Cloud on bare metal servers from SoftLayer. IBM also announced that, according to a recent survey, U.S.-based developers cited IBM Bluemix as the most used platform-as-a-service. Enterprise Strategy Group conducted the survey of more than 325 developers and IT managers, mostly from organizations with 500 or more employees. According to ESG’s analysis of the survey results, Bluemix adoption is growing 10 times faster on average than the other leading vendors in the PaaS market. It also has gained two percentage points of penetration per month since entering beta in 2014. Bluemix also ranked second in overall PaaS usage, with 19 percent of PaaS users surveyed citing it as their primary PaaS.”The Platform-as-a-Service market is now experiencing high growth and currently favors well established application development and deployment vendors who provide both PaaS and IaaS capabilities,” said Stephen D. Hendrick, principal analyst for application development research at ESG, in a statement. All of the respondents in ESG’s survey were either using or currently evaluating a PaaS platform – or planned to do so within the next two years, the study showed. IDC confirms this trend, saying that PaaS will be the fastest-growing area of the cloud market over the next three years. This is significant because as developers and IT managers move more of their operations to the cloud, higher-value cloud offerings --- such as mission- critical application development, testing, and deployment --- which are delivered through PaaS, are beginning to account for a larger percentage of overall cloud spending.
IBM said its total cloud revenue was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015. Cloud revenue grew more than 60 percent in the first quarter of 2015. IBM’s cloud delivered as a service business, a subset of the total, includes PaaS.