Bluemix Blog Archive

New Pricing and Incentives for Compose on Bluemix

It's here! The price drop for Compose databases on Bluemix has arrived bringing new entry level prices and incentives for volume use. The change was announced earlier in the quarter, but if you missed that, you'll want to know how it is going to save you money.

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The most powerful SAP-certified servers available: Meet the new IBM Cloud bare metal servers

Working in conjunction with SAP, IBM Cloud is proud to announce the global availability of new 4-socket and 8-socket bare metal servers that are fully SAP S/4HANA and NetWeaver certified and powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® E7-8890 V4 processors.

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IBM Cloud and F5 Networks Extend Partnership for Highly Available and Scalable Cloud Services

Today’s enterprise IT organizations are forced to confront and evaluate challenges from a broader business perspective unlike ever before. The decisions they make have a direct impact to the top and bottom line, and the demands levied on them to support the company’s mission only grow. IBM Cloud and F5 Networks understand these challenges. Building on a long-standing partnership, over the last several months IBM Cloud and F5 have collaborated on a solution to give IT organizations the flexibility to increase capacity, adapt to change, and stay ahead of evolving business demands.

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IBM Bluemix Cloud Platform and Fortinet Extend Partnership for Open and Scalable Cloud Security Services

Fortinet and IBM have been long-standing partners, and today’s announcement marks yet another significant milestone in our joint commitment to lead and accelerate cloud adoption for global enterprises. The latest integration of FortiGate virtual appliances on IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, available in Q4 through the IBM Cloud portal, brings comprehensive security to workloads on IBM Bluemix with a rich set of virtualized firewall functionality, including security gateway, intrusion prevention, and web application security. The Fortinet solutions also offer offer DevOps extensibility and transparent operational scalability across both public and private clouds.

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Kick up your compute power with three new virtual server enhancements

We're excited to announce three new compute capabilities available in Bluemix that work together to give IBM Cloud clients faster virtual server provisioning, greater virtual server placement control, and greater ease-of-use.

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JPA 2.1 using Hibernate on Liberty Buildpack

On a recent project we were looking at rewriting a system which provides data-ingestion services into a DB2 instance. As we move more workloads into IBM’s cloud offerings we always stop, think, review to implement the most suitable technical approach to create the work product.

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Build a Fitness App using IBM Watson Data Platform and 3rd Party Fitness APIs

In this post, I’ll share technical details and code samples to help you to create your very own Fitness App solution. If you want to further customize it or add specialized features, you can also go ahead and connect it to other services and APIs (like we did with the location mapping API).

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Keeping cool with the cloud

In the midst of a humid Hong Kong summer, Ambi Labs founder Julian Lee faced a dilemma. “I have a 15-year-old husky, and if it’s too warm, he’ll bark,” says Lee. “So the conflict was do I keep on the air conditioning all the time and feel like I’m wasting a lot of energy, or do I worry about my dog suffering in the heat while I’m away?” Lee’s quandary sparked the development of Ambi Climate, a cognitive platform designed to learn a user’s climate preferences and adjust indoor environments accordingly.

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Distributed Tracing in a Spring Application using Spring Sleuth

In this post, we’ll create a few Spring applications demonstrating Sleuth's distributed tracing functionality, using Zipkin for visualization. The first application will be a Zipkin service; the other apps we create will send tracing data here. The next application will be a delay service; it will take an integer parameter and wait for the appropriate amount of time before responding. This app will allow us to simulate any number of other services and see how slow responses are handled. The last application will call the delay service and pass the time parameter to it. This network of applications will allow us to build some nested spans and see the power of Sleuth and Zipkin.

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