March 31, 2021 By Uwe Fassnacht 2 min read

Today, we are announcing the general availability of IBM Cloud Code Engine. 

This is another step forward in our mission to unburden developers from managing runtime infrastructure and allow them to focus on their code instead.

What is IBM Cloud Code Engine?

IBM Cloud Code Engine is a fully managed runtime where you can go live in seconds, without having to size, deploy, secure, manage or decommission any underlying infrastructure. 

If your containers, applications or batch jobs need to scale, Code Engine takes care of that for you, as well. The underlying cloud-scale architecture will dynamically scale up or down to match your requirements in order to keep your apps running smoothly. Of course, you only pay for what you actually use, including nothing if you allow Code Engine to scale your applications down to zero.

Code Engine is more than a platform to deploy your existing container images. If you don’t have an image, Code Engine will build one for you from your Git repository. The build process is automated and you choose whether to use a Dockerfile (describing the build process), or a cloud native buildpack that uses Paketo buildpacks (which automatically detects the language and runtime for you).

Being part of the IBM Cloud means you also have access to a vast array of managed hosted services. Code Engine simplifies the process of connecting to these services by automatically injecting the information necessary to connect a service to your application or batch jobs. Combined with Code Engine’s eventing infrastructure, you can develop a loosely coupled architecture, which provides greater flexibility.

Code Engine gives you a unified user experience, no matter what type of workloads you deploy to it. That means you can run your containers, applications, source-code or batch jobs in a single environment and they all share a secure private network within Code Engine.

What’s new in this release?

Code Engine is now generally available and you will be charged according to your usage (after you exceed the the free-tier limits). You are billed for the memory and vCPU that your workloads consume and any incoming HTTP calls. If your applications or containers scale to zero or your batch job isn’t running, you are not consuming resources, and you will not charged. See the Code Engine pricing for up-to-date prices and the documentation for more details.

As mentioned above, Code Engine also includes a free tier, which allows you to experiment before you commit.

In preparation for general availability, we have also made Code Engine available in the Tokyo MZR (in addition to Dallas and Frankfurt). You can now deploy your workloads in a region close to you or build a highly available solution by deploying in all three MZRs.

Ready to get started?

To start using IBM Cloud Code Engine, go to our landing page and watch any of our “hello world” demo videos. Then, head on over to “Getting Started with Code Engine” in the documentation and deploy your first container, batch job or simply deploy your source-code directly.

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