It’s been a couple months since my last Bluemix Updates blog. But, the team has kept working, and on the eve of Cinco de Mayo I thought it was time to share some great new features and functions that have recently gone live. These include:
- Unveiling of a new and improved Pricing page.
- Introduction of a Labs section in the Bluemix Catalog.
- Overhauled Bluemix Docs, including the ability to leave inline feedback.
- Improvements to SSL certificate support for custom domains.
- Ability to communicate with live IBM representatives via text chat and video chat.
- Addition of Korean to the list of translations for the Bluemix UI and the Bluemix Docs.
- Enhancements to catalog services (e.g., API Management and IBM Insights for Twitter) and boilerplates (e.g., Node-RED).
- Updates to IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix.
- Miscellaneous usability improvements and fixed defects.
We want to make our pricing as clear as possible, so with that in mind we’ve completely revamped the Bluemix Pricing Page. You should check out the new style, pricing examples, pricing FAQs, and improved ability to estimate your costs.
Bluemix Catalog Labs
We’re also introducing a new Labs section to the Bluemix Catalog. The Labs section (found at the bottom of the main catalog) allows authenticated users to try out experimental services, runtimes, and boilerplates. We now have more than 10 experimental services and the list will continue to grow. With this change, the main catalog will only list items that are officially released and items that are in beta.
For more information see Bluemix Catalog Updates – Introducing Bluemix Labs by Bryan Casey.
More than just the Pricing and Labs pages got a facelift. We’ve also updated the Bluemix Docs to make it easier for you to read, skim, and find the essential info you need to build your next awesome app.
We hope you like the change, but if you don’t, we’ve added the ability to provide direct feedback via a new feedback tool. So, please click the new Feedback button and let us know what you think!
On the feedback form, you can leave comments on the good, the bad, and the ugly of your experience.
And, we’ve already addressed one item you told us you didn’t like. As shown below, we re-introduced a scroll bar to the lefthand navigation area.
Special thanks to Jenifer Schlotfeldt for providing information on the documentation updates!
We continue to improve the ability to associate SSL certificates with your custom domains. For InterConnect 2015, we made it so you can upload intermediate certificate chains with a single certificate bundle, and we added the ability to honor subject alternative names. For this release, we’re building on that to allow you to 1) specify a password for your password-protected private keys and 2) to enable you to turn on TLS mutual authentication with a new checkbox.
Text Chat with Support
If you’ve purchased Bluemix support, you now have another way to engage with the support team. In the account section of the banner, you’ll find a Chat link. If you click on that, you’ll get a dialog to enter some basic information and then a live chat session with an IBM support representative will begin.
Video Chat with Sales
For those of you considering becoming a pay-as-you-go or subscription user of Bluemix, you may see an invitation to join a video chat. If you click the Start Video Chat button, you’ll be able to talk directly with an IBM sales representative who can help answer all of your purchase-related questions.
For more information, see Get Instant Answers to Bluemix Questions with IBM Digital Advisors by Michael Worthington.
With the addition of Korean, the Bluemix UI and the Bluemix Docs are available in nine different languages. This reflects the growing, worldwide reach of the Bluemix platform.
Service and Boilerplate Enhancements
The services and sample apps in the Bluemix Catalog are constantly evolving. Be sure to check out these posts by my colleagues describing new functionality available for Node-RED, API Management, and IBM Insights for Twitter:
- New IBM Watson Services Available In Node-RED! by James Thomas
- Getting started with the Bluemix API Management Service by Matthew Hamann
- General Availability – IBM Insights for Twitter Service on Bluemix by Linda Hunt
Updates to IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix
Finally, a new version of IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix is now available for download. Some of the capabilities introduced in this update include the ability to map and unmap projects to cloud applications, service creation wizard improvements, support for Dedicated Bluemix, and more!
Wrapping it Up
We hope you’ll enjoy this round of Bluemix updates. And, as always, we take your feedback seriously. If you have questions or other comments, please let us know on the Bluemix Dev-to-Dev Community or tweet us at @IBMBluemix.
And, remember, if you don’t already have an account, you can simply go to www.bluemix.net and get free instant access to a 30-day trial without a credit card!
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