Last month IBM commissioned Forrester Research to ask 200 IT leaders in the US, Europe, and Latin America about their current cloud computing deployments and theirs plans for the next two years. Most interestingly, though respondents overwhelmingly would prefer to deploy their systems in a private cloud, they hesitate to do so for lack of expertise both in implementing and managing such platforms. Respondents currently risk some security for the greater business advantages they perceive in deploying to hosted clouds.
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While developing and continuously improving our transformation program within IBM, it was clear that many of our enterprise customers are also on this journey. To bring our way of working to our customers, we have developed the Bluemix Garage program. This journey is a long-term adventure. It is not a hike with a trailhead and a destination with a view. At each step of the way, we continue to listen and learn from our customers, our business objectives and continuously, or should I say “restlessly”, improve.
IBM today announced that Bluemix, its cloud computing platform, will be available in China via a collaboration with 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. This collaboration will usher in a new era of hybrid cloud-driven innovation and next-generation cognitive, analytics and IOT app development for developers and enterprises in China.
IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Chicago-based object storage solution provider Cleversafe, Inc. The move further solidifies IBM’s commitment to providing a comprehensive set of hybrid cloud deployment options and storage innovation.
We have been operating the Bluemix public cloud deployment for over 18 months and are thrilled it has grown to over 120 services and now welcomes over 15,000 new users a week. That experience has helped us develop unique expertise—especially around the new, core open source components like Cloud Foundry, Docker & OpenStack—associated with operations, delivery, scalability, performance, HA and more. That expertise—combined with a lot of automation—is what makes Bluemix Local possible.
The team at StrongLoop, Inc. helps companies succeed in connecting mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and next-generation web applications with enterprise data and services in a hybrid cloud environment. Today, IBM announced that it acquired StrongLoop to help you accelerate your digital transformation.
I’d like to welcome the Compose team to their new home in the IBM Cloud Data Services group. Compose built their business operating MongoDB for customers and has added PostgreSQL, Redis, RethinkDB, and Elasticsearch over time. Their services will be the perfect complement to Cloudant’s Apache CouchDB-based service and to IBM’s cloud data warehouse, dashDB, among other Bluemix services.
The highlight of IBM’s announcement at Spark Summit 2015 is the introduction of Apache Spark as a service, IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, available in IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform for cloud services. IBM views Spark as a transformational technology, with powerful new capabilities that have the potential to materially change the way businesses manage thru digital transformation. IBM Analytics for Apache Spark’s unified programming model for batch and real-time analytics, multi-language support, in-memory data processing engine, and integrated libraries such as machine learning and graph processing, make it possible for developers, business analysts, and data scientists to incorporate intelligence into every application and better support critical-path business decision making.