December 15, 2015

IBM Secure Gateway 1.4.0 Updates

With the release of version 1.4.0, IBM Secure Gateway for Bluemix announces a number of key changes we believe you’ll enjoy! We’re bringing you changes in the areas of infrastructure and security, high availability support for the client, the ability to support multiple gateway connections per client instance, bi-directional connections, and some UI enhancements. In case you missed our interim releases, you’ll also see new installers for MacOS & Windows.

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December 15, 2015

Bluemix Active Deploy: Beta Update

The Active Deploy service has had great success during its Beta introduction. We introduced it and adoption began immediately, with now thousands of deploys from Bluemix users, internal IBM Bluemix teams, and continuous automation testing. The service handles loads very well, up-time has been excellent, deploys happen fast with little overhead beyond the target application deploy times, and there has been solid feedback that has been driven through continuous delivery back into the service. Now we’re adding several new features that expand the mission of zero-downtime deployment excellence on Bluemix. More...

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December 14, 2015

Build a robust and agile backend with Simplicité and Bluemix

Building your business backend on Bluemix is just one click away thanks to Simplicité platform, a universal aPaaS (application PaaS) designed to simplify enterprise applications’ lifecycle from initial requirement capture to operation. Simplicité brings an advanced, business-oriented and model-driven application platform to Bluemix PaaS.

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December 14, 2015

IBM Message Hub goes live in Bluemix

I’m very pleased to tell you about the release of the new IBM Message Hub service in IBM Bluemix. After a couple of months as a beta service, it’s now progressed to a fully fledged, generally available service. Message Hub brings the power and scale of Apache Kafka to the IBM Bluemix cloud. As far as we know, this is the first multi-tenant, cloud-hosted service based on Kafka. It makes it very quick and easy to experiment with Kafka and Bluemix, whether you’re writing an application using a runtime environment such as Node.js, a Docker container or a virtual machine, or integrating with other Bluemix services.

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December 14, 2015

How FindBrok is using Bluemix to make their social network for professionals stand out

FindBrok has big plans for its social network. They want to offer advanced technology, like using IBM Watson’s Question and Answer capability in forums, so that users can quickly and easily get answers to specific questions. They also want to reach users around the globe, and therefore are using Watson’s Translation and Dialog API to allow users to interact with each other seamlessly—a critical component for a worldwide platform. They knew they had to get its platform right in order to be competitive.

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December 11, 2015

Migrate to the new IBM DataWorks

Today we will introduce a new IBM DataWorks service with an improved environment and priced plans. We will be deprecating the existing free service at the time of the new IBM DataWorks service launch. The free service will remain available to you for 90 days from the time of this communication, to facilitate migration if you want to retain assets created prior to the launch of the new DataWorks. More...

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December 11, 2015

IBM DataWorks Comes to Bluemix, Offering Point and Click Data Prep

Today we are announcing the availability on Bluemix of IBM DataWorks, a fully managed data preparation and movement service for IBM Cloud Data Services. DataWorks enables business analysts, developers, data scientists and engineers to put data to work. DataWorks empowers Bluemix users to access a variety of data sources both on the cloud and on premises and gives them the ability to shape, combine and wrangle the data using a familiar spreadsheet-like user interface, and deliver it to a wide ecosystem of cloud data services for analysis, visualization, modeling and other analytics tasks.

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December 11, 2015

My first Swift “Hello World” application on Cloud Foundry

Apple recently announced the open sourcing of the Swift programming language. Swift was released just last year and has shown incredible growth. It is expected to supplant Objective-C which took the mobile world by storm when it was introduced. Given the recent buzz around Swift, I was asked if there is a buildpack for it. Although I had never tried Swift and did not know the answer, I felt confident that there might be an existing buildpack already or there would be one soon.

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December 10, 2015

Chaos Monkey and Resilience Testing – Insights from the professionals

Netflix first introduced the world to Chaos Monkey in the middle of 2012. The concept of injecting failure has been embraced as best practice for hardening cloud applications and services. In this blog I solicit the feedback from test professionals in IBM Cloud to explore: How their roles have changed in the new devOps cloud world? How revolutionary chaos testing is for them? And what advice would they have for teams adopting chaos testing?

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