IBM Buys DBaaS Provider Compose

IBM acquires another database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider, Compose, in its play to flesh out its cloud services.

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Continuing on its recent tear in the cloud space, IBM today announced it has acquired another database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider, Compose.

Compose offers auto-scaling, production-ready databases to help software development teams deploy data services quickly and easily. The company supports five popular open-source databases: MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB. IBM did not disclose financial terms of its acquisition of the privately held San Mateo, Calif.-based company.

The acquisition of Compose furthers IBM's commitment to accelerate developer productivity and innovation around open-source and cloud data services. It comes on the heels of IBM announcing several new initiatives this week to fuel open cloud innovation, including contributing technology and developers to open-source cloud projects across analytics, mobile and cloud data services. It also comes a year after IBM acquired Cloudant, another DBaaS provider.

"Compose's breadth of database offerings will expand IBM's Bluemix platform for the many app developers seeking production-ready databases built on open source," said Derek Schoettle, general manager of IBM Cloud Data Services and former CEO of Cloudant. "Compose furthers IBM's commitment to ensuring developers have access to the right tools for the job by offering the broadest set of DBaaS services and the flexibility of hybrid cloud deployment."

The cloud database arena is projected to be worth $14 billion by 2019, and open-source databases like MongoDB play a significant part—and are a rapidly growing portion —in this sector. Driving this popularity among developers is the ability to make Web and mobile applications easy to build and grow, without the distraction of back-end database and systems administration. Thousands of customers across a variety of industries, including retail, the Internet of things (IoT), higher education, marketing services and e-commerce, have created more than 100,000 databases with Compose. More than 3,600 companies rely on Compose-hosted databases for keeping their apps in production.

Compose provides constant database monitoring and management by DBaaS and DevOps experts. The company's platform features "containerized" DBaaS platform technology to allow for fast deployment and scaling of popular open-source DBaaS services for customers. It also features built-in redundancy, backup and failover for uninterrupted DBaaS service, and application uptime. And it offers add-ons such as Compose Transporter, which helps developers move data between services like MongoDB and Elasticsearch for easier application development.

"IBM is really serious about fleshing out their cloud services," said Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group and longtime IBM watcher. "Compose has a very powerful cloud open-source database platform which, coupled with IBM's database knowledge and IP, could become the leading cloud database offering. IBM is moving massively to become the leading cloud services provider and to get there continues to cherry pick firms to flesh out their offerings. This acquisition is in support of that strategy."

IBM's Cloud Data Services offerings are composable, integrated services for developers that run on IBM's Bluemix Platform as a Service. Compose provides IBM with an enhanced framework to deliver production ready, cloud database services for developers. IBM's containerized data services approach will further drive the introduction of new cloud data services offerings.