With the release of the new Star Wars film moviegoers everywhere are being re-introduced to The Force and its power. More than a few people may even walk out imagining what life would be like in a world inhabited by The Force. While we may never be able to control each other’s minds, the ability to manipulate the physical world through our speech, and even our thoughts, is very much a reality today. It is a reality being made more possible all the time by advances in technology like Natural Language Processing, sensors and IoT. Today, it is even possible to move a BB-8 Droid with your mind.
Last week in New York City IBM hosted “Relay 2015,” a forum for sharing best practices, methodology and new tools and approaches that will help the enterprise drive pervasive impact around speed, innovation and bottom-line results. It really focused on the technology needed to support a diverse set of enterprise requirements and emerging patterns of design, delivery and app and distributed system architecture.
Last week, Cloud Foundry Summit brought together over 1,500 developers, operators and architects from companies and universities both large and small. Attendees shared education and best practices, momentum and success and discussed further ways to collaborate more on what is one of the most important open source projects in cloud. The conference has grown significantly from the last time this community came together less than a year ago.
Bluemix has been in market for a little over a year and since that time we have introduced nearly 100 IBM, 3rd party and open source services and runtimes, more than 60 of which we have been made generally available with production plans. Because the catalog is growing so quickly and our focus continues to be on providing high-quality production services, we're updating the catalog experience to make it easier to navigate to services that are either ready for production or close to it. We've done this by removing our experimental services from the primary catalog page and introduced them in a new section we're calling, "Bluemix Labs."
Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 is right around the corner. If you haven’t already, that means it’s time to get tickets, book your travel, and start counting down the days. This year the conference is May 11-12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and it will feature a great lineup of speakers and events.
While cloud provides the opportunity to rapidly build and run new web and mobile applications, realizing those ends successfully also means addressing the associated security requirements and challenges. Jeff Hoy, Cloud Security Architect in our Security Systems group demonstrates in a three-part video series how to scan both a web and mobile application as well as how to interpret the results of a vulnerability scan.
Introducing IBM DataWorks, exposed as REST APIs that enable your application to move data from cloud sources to cloud targets, validate and improve the accuracy of your location data by standardizing US addresses, and identify high value data attributes (such as national IDs). In addition, IBM also announced future state capabilities such as provision masked data, securely load data, and probabilistic match. IBM DataWorks services are also embedded within IBM Watson Analytics.
We are pleased to announce that ElephantSQL has moved to SoftLayer for hosting. You should now experience less data latency and better performance when building an application using ElephantSQL. If you created data before 2014-10-15 21:46:52 EST, then follow these migration steps to migrate your data to SoftLayer.
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.