April 30, 2015 | Written by: Bryan Casey
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Bluemix has been in market for a little over a year and since that time we have introduced nearly 100 IBM, 3rd party and open source services and runtimes, more than 60 of which we have been made generally available with production plans. The catalog has already become quite substantial and we’re going to continue to add new services all the time.
Because the catalog is growing so quickly and our focus continues to be on providing high-quality production services, we’re updating the catalog experience to make it easier to navigate to services that are either ready for production or close to it. We’ve done this by removing our experimental services from the primary catalog page and introduced them in a new section we’re calling, “Bluemix Labs.”
Bluemix Labs is accessible from the bottom of the catalog (when logged in) and will house all of our experimental services going forward. There is no service impact or changes required for any users currently using these services.
The list of services that can now be found in Bluemix Labs is as follows:
- Message Resonance
- Mobile Quality Extensions
- IBM Globalization
- Integration Testing
- Probalistic Match
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We’re excited about the new labs page because it’s a place where we will be able to surface lots of technology from around IBM, including IBM Research, and get feedback from our users on what you are finding most valuable. If we find substantial enough interest in these experimental services, we’ll then look to bring them forward as betas and then full production services. If you’re not a Bluemix user we encourage you to register and check out the services in the Labs catalog and share your feedback.
Of course, part of prioritizing our development efforts based on this feedback means that not every service will be brought into production. For example, we recently made the decision to retire the Rapid Apps beta.
If you have any questions or comments about the impact of these changes, we’d love to hear from you either in the comments section below or in the forums.