IBM Buys StringLoop, Adds Node.js Expertise

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-09-10 Print this article Print
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“With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js’ formal entry into the mainstream enterprise,” said Juan Carlos Soto, CEO of StrongLoop, in a statement. “As one of the leaders in the Node.js open community, together we plan to further advance open, community-driven innovation coupled with global, enterprise class software and services offerings to grow client value in the API economy.”

IBM’s acquisition of StrongLoop continues its commitment to open source technologies and communities including Apache, Eclipse, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and others. As a founding member and Platinum member of Node.js Foundation, IBM has dedicated experts working within the foundation. IBM will continue to provide support and investment in the open Node developer community.

Developers will also benefit from IBM Cloud and developer experts who provide technical guidance on creating, managing and monetizing APIs using StrongLoop at IBM Bluemix Garages.

In addition, IBM said select cloud capabilities from today’s StrongLoop acquisition will be incorporated into the IBM IoT Foundation, along with Bluemix, security and analytics to provide enterprises access to an IoT platform that derives insight from sensor-driven data.

IBM says it will provide global support for the StrongLoop platform by the second half of 2016, adding language translation support for Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

IBM’s acquisition of StrongLoop signifies a consolidation of sorts in the Node.js space. Last year, GoDaddy acquired Node.js developer shop Nodejitsu and Progress Software bought Modulus, another Node.js shop.

Last week, Nodejitsu announced it was transitioning its Node customer base to Progress Software's Modulus, which also focuses on Node.js development and advancing the state of the server-side JavaScript environment. The transition comes several months after GoDaddy acquired Nodejitsu in February to help with the migration of GoDaddy's systems to Node.

Ironically, GoDaddy also, around the same time it acquired Nodejitsu, announced it was using StrongLoop’s tools to develop both public and private APIs using Node.js. The GoDaddy APIs make it easier for its business partners to buy and sell domains and associated GoDaddy products. This program represents a growing revenue stream for GoDaddy, and is important to GoDaddy’s Internet of Things enablement strategy.

GoDaddy’s previous API was based on an outdated protocol. The company needed a modern solution to ease adoption of their APIs for resellers. StrongLoop’s LoopBack framework was the best choice given the ease to connect to services of any type -- including SQL Servers -- and its strong Node.js-based architecture, GoDaddy said.

“We are collaborating with StrongLoop on our Reseller API,” said Elissa Murphy, CTO of GoDaddy, in a statement last February. “Co-developing a solution with StrongLoop has allowed us to accelerate the delivery of solutions to our reseller partners and drive revenue growth for them. Our external API is an incredibly important aspect of our overall technical strategy.”



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