After the free 30 trial period for Bluemix, many of our services and runtimes have perpetual free allowances, while others follow a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pricing model. This blog post talks about our pricing model and the new pricing calculator, answers a few FAQs and explains how the pricing model helps you build and run apps in a really cost-effective manner.
The pace and nature of Development release cycles has changed dramatically. Seasoned developers working in traditional software delivery models are accustomed to a major product release every 12- 24 months, with point release every 3 months, to resolve bugs and introduce new functions that customers have deemed absolutely necessary. This webcast on continuous quality discusses the implications of changes in the traditional release cycle.
The Bluemix UI updates for August are now live in 85 countries! The team kept busy this month and put together a lot of awesome new features since our July refresh. We think you'll enjoy these enhancements, which include: Better Allowances for Runtime Usage, a Cost Estimator, and Redesigned App Details. Read on for more details. Then, go to Bluemix.net and try it out for yourself!
In a recent blog post Dr Nic Williams - aka "Dr Nic" - introduced a new buildpack that can be used to create a server which contains no logic, just serves up resources like HTML / JS / CSS / image / etc resources – aka a “static website”. Dr Nic shows how to deploy it to Pivotal Web Services, and while this should work on Bluemix, you never know until you try. So I tried. And of course it worked. To test the buildpack, I happened to have a perfect example that I have been playing with ....
With the introduction of IBM’s cloud PaaS technology, companies like Synchrony Systems have access to both a platform and an ecosystem that offer one location for rapid application development provisioned on the fly. “Not only can we do development there," says Slavik Zorin, Symphony CEO, "We can do the whole DevOps process of publishing and getting the customer’s software to run there immediately.”
With the advent of IBM Bluemix, it has never been easier to start playing with Hadoop, specifically IBM’s Analytics for Hadoop. The IBM Analytics for Hadoop Bluemix service leverages IBM’s Hadoop offering, BigInsights, to power the latest mobile, web and cloud applications. It also provides an opportunity for enterprise IT administrators who are looking to adopt Hadoop, to explore the rich enterprise features that BigInsights provides. If you are new to Hadoop technology and want to get hands-on quick, you have come to the right place.
In Cloud Foundry (the open source technology behind Bluemix), when you do a "cf push," Cloud Foundry will actually stop your app and restart it with the new code that you just uploaded. This presents an issue for a production app or any app that is actually serving users. There is a shortcoming with the current DEA (the part in Cloud Foundry that runs your app) but the next version of the DEA (Diego) will help address this. In the meantime, try this workaround.
Did you know in Bluemix you get inbound SSL for free? It is automatically turned on and enabled for every app. All you have to do is just access your app over https instead of http. Developers don't need to implement SSL in their app, just support HTTP; the Bluemix infrastructure will do the SSL offloading for you.