IBM MobileFirst is a platform for efficiently and securely delivering applications on mobile devices. It provides application monitoring and operational analytics, multi-platform push notification management, data storage with online/offline persistence, security, and more. The IBM MobileFirst Platform is available as an on-premise server or on the IBM Bluemix cloud offering. In this series, we’re going to focus on the MobileFirst for Bluemix cloud offering for delivering a native application to the iOS platform.
Last week, IBM announced a global strategic alliance with The Weather Company and the formation of a new Internet of Things business unit. OK… another large company with another high level organizational announcement. Why is this important to you? Well, did you read the three billion dollars associated with this investment in IoT? And the plans for industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools that will help you integrate data from IoT and traditional sources? This will be available to you—on an open platform. We understand everyone is experimenting as they being their IoT journey. You can’t afford to be locked in to any one platform. You need to remain agile.
This document uses a simple hypothetical scenario in which an educational institution wants to develop a mobile or web application to access on-premises information contained in a MongoDB. The user develops an application that will be pushed into Bluemix and uses the Secure Gateway service to access the database. The application will connect to an on-premises instance of the Secure Gateway client that is running in a Docker image. When the client is connected, it will provide a secure connection from the user’s application to their backend database.
A new Bluemix user, Mukul recently attended a workshop in Dublin. He was so inspired that he immediately set out to migrate a PHP application to Bluemix, a process that he documented in his own blog. Appreciating his enthusiasm and the work he put into documenting his experience, I agreed to repost his entry in the Bluemix blog.
APIs are rapidly becoming one of an organization's most important assets. Enabling customers and developers to consume APIs through their own applications and services provides a compelling system for innovation and monetization. IBM API Management delivers a powerful mechanism for controlling API access, managing multiple versions of an API, establishing rate limits, and ultimately tracking the performance metrics and analytics of each API in your portfolio. Combined with Bluemix--IBM's signature platform-as-a-service--we enable one-stop shopping and management of APIs from anywhere. If you're new to our API Management tools, this article will help you get quickly up to speed.
One of the intrinsic benefits of cloud platform services is that they drastically simplify the process of scaling your application. Scaling can be done both vertically - by increasing the amount of memory available to each instance - or horizontally - by creating additional instances. This process of scaling your application can be done manually, either through the Cloud Foundry CLI or the application dashboard. However, it is also useful to be able to scale automatically in order to quickly react to spikes in application usage. The Auto-Scaling service provides the ability for users to dynamically scale their application horizontally by creating custom policies that dictate scaling behavior. By binding the service to your application, Auto-Scaling allows you to define rules that control the behavior for scaling in and out.
On April 3, 2015, we made the IBM API Management for Bluemix (APIm) service generally available (GA). This version will replace the Beta that you may be using presently. We will sunset the Beta service at the end of April, so there are a few items you will need to complete in order to move from the Beta service to the new and improved GA service!
A new version of IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix is now available for download! Some highlighted capabilities introduced in this update include map / unmap projects to cloud applications, service creation wizard improvements, and Dedicated Bluemix support.
2015 has been a busy year for the IBM SDK for Node.js. We have introduced new features, improved existing ones, and squashed various bugs! Three cool new features to help quickly develop on Bluemix as if you would on the desktop— desktop sync, live edit, and debug —all available without redeploying. More...