In Cloud Foundry and in IBM Bluemix, so-called service brokers manage the provisioning and removal of service instances. The Bluemix catalog lists those services. There you can browse, find and request services for use. The brokers provide the service metadata to the catalog. Metadata could be the service description, an icon, links to the service dashboard and the available service plans. In its catalog Bluemix already offers many services, but what if you want to add your own? Maybe you want to make your infrastructure, such as a database cluster or business-specific functionality available in the Bluemix catalog? The answer is to register your own private broker. Here is how to get started.
Public: It provides a shared, multi-tenant cloud infrastructure
Bluemix Dedicated is a private, single-tenant cloud in an IBM Cloud data center
Lastly, Bluemix Local is delivered as a private cloud in a customer data center
Because of the Bluemix delivery model (Public/Dedicated/Local) the administration and individual user privileges differ. As a consequence it impacts what kind of service broker (yes, there are two) can be added to the Bluemix you are using.
Cloud Foundry distinguishes between Standard Private and Space-Scoped Private Brokers. The service offered by a space-scoped private broker is only visible in the space in which you registered the broker. You don’t need any special administrator privileges to create such a broker. Therefore it works well in Bluemix Public. In contrast, only administrators with write access to the catalog can register standard private brokers. Once such a broker is registered, the service and its plans can be made available to all or only specific organizations in the Bluemix Dedicated or Bluemix Local instance.
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