The NYC tech community is vibrant and growing. Today, Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced the launch of Digital.NYC, aiming to further strengthen this emerging community with a comprehensive, centralized, online community platform. And we're very excited that the new platform is being launched on IBM Bluemix. The new site is launched on Bluemix.
We are regularly updating the Node.js and Liberty buildpacks to bring you latest fixes and enhancements to the Bluemix runtimes and to improve integration with Bluemix services. This includes a fully supported IBM Node.js runtime and an improved service framework. The Liberty buildpack now provides support for ElephantSQL and ClearDB MySQL Database third party services.
Are you a Bluemix app developer using a custom domain? Do you want to be able to prove your identity to visitors accessing your app via SSL? If so, you'll want to keep reading to learn all about the new SSL certificate feature added to the Bluemix UI as part of last month's refresh. With these important updates, you can now upload your own certificates for use with your custom domains.
We are delighted to announce the MQ Light service in Bluemix has moved from beta and into general availability. MQ Light makes it easy to incorporate asynchronous messaging into applications in order to simplify scalability. Significant enhancements include a more developer-focused interface, enhanced Node.js API, and improved back-end infrastructure.
At first, it may seem silly. Why use dedicated deployment automation tools when your Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) tooling makes it so easy to deploy your application? And yet, there are very good reasons why you may find yourself needing a full-featured, on-prem deployment automation solution even while using PaaS.
I previously described how to deploy an IBM Support Assistant application to be able to transfer data directly from applications in Bluemix to the IBM Support Assistant application. Combining the use of -Xdump:tool in Liberty buildpack applications with an IBM Support Assistant deployment in Bluemix means that you can automatically capture diagnostic data and analyse it using tools like Memory Analyzer without having to download anything locally.
There are teams that will not be able to use the feature rich experience with IBM DevOps Services. For example, teams may have security policies in place that do not allow development teams to host code or use development services that are hosted in a public cloud. In these cases, only on-premise tools are allowed. Fortunately we have an excellent set of deployment and release solutions as part of the IBM UrbanCode portfolio that can be used with Bluemix when organizational constraints or system complexity demands the value provided by the IBM UrbanCode solutions.