IBM Buys DBaaS Provider Compose

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-07-23 Print this article Print
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"By joining IBM, we will have an opportunity to accelerate the development of our database platform and offer even more services and support to developer teams," said Kurt Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Compose, in a statement. "As developers, we know how hard it can be to manage databases at scale, which is exactly why we built Compose—to take that burden off of our customers and allow them to get back to the engineering they love."

IBM's purchase of Compose reflects two essential points, said Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT. First is the company's continuing, proactive build-out of enterprise-centric cloud services. That certainly began with the 2013 acquisition of SoftLayer—which was well-represented among major enterprises—but has continued since then with both internal development efforts and key external acquisitions like Compose, King said.

"The second point underscores the degree to which developer-based innovation is core to IBM efforts, including cloud," King said."The company employs tens of thousands of developers and is deeply cognizant of the trends and technologies that are crucial to enterprise development efforts. That's really where Compose fits in. Its history and expertise with MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and other DBaaS offerings make Compose a solid fit and excellent acquisition for IBM, especially given the company's strategic focus on web and mobile app development."

Last year at its IBM Pulse 2014 conference in Las Vegas, IBM announced it was acquiring Boston-based Cloudant, a privately held DBaaS provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next-generation mobile and Web apps.

IBM acquired Cloudant to extend IBM's big data and analytics, cloud computing and mobile offerings by further helping clients take advantage of these key growth initiatives. IBM also said clients across a variety of industries, including gaming, financial services, mobile device manufacturers, online learning, retail and health care, were already using Cloudant technology.

Cloudant is a contributor to the Apache CouchDB open-source database community. The database delivers high availability, elastic scalability and innovative mobile device synchronization. Cloudant's JSON cloud-based data service allows mobile and Web developers to easily store and access the explosion of mobile data. Increasingly, developers have embraced NoSQL databases because of their flexibility, and JSON has become the predominant NoSQL database technology for mobile and Web app developers.

"This is truly the first NoSQL database as a service that is ready for the enterprise," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud, during a keynote at the conference, where he announced IBM's plan to acquire Cloudant.



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