5 Things To Know About IBM Bluemix
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IBM Bluemix is a platform as a service (PaaS) offering from IBM, based on the Cloud Foundry open source technology. In this post, I will talk about the top five things you should know before delving into the wonderful world of Bluemix.
For example, you can start by creating a project in Bluemix using several different runtimes such as Liberty for Java, Ruby, Node.js or your own buildpack. You can add other DevOps services such as Delivery Pipeline and Git Hosting. Or you can data management services, such as SQL Database, JSON Database, MySQL and others. There is also support for Mobile services, sush as Push, CloudCode and Twilio. These are only a few of the services available on Bluemix.
I expect that eventually IBM will provide all their products such as a service on Bluemix.
Whether you are a die hard “command line developer” who never uses a GUI or you think GUI is your best friend in application development, Bluemix has a solution for you
As a developer, you can interact with the Bluemix infrastructure by using a browser-based user interface. You can also use a Cloud Foundry command line interface, called cf, to deploy web applications. Bluemix has a dashboard that allows you to see the status of all your applications. You can also make all configuration changes within a single use interface and have access to a large catalog of services to choose from the Bluemix GUI.
With Bluemix you can guarantee that your applications have enough resources to run based on the criteria you set
Auto scaling is a cloud service that automatically adds or removes compute resources depending upon the requirements of actual usage. This is not supported in Cloud Foundry, but provided as part of Bluemix at no charge. By using the auto scale service, you can scale your applications based on criteria that you define, such as heap or CPU usage.
Cloud Integration service extends Bluemix capabilities to hybrid clouds
Bluemix can help developers by connecting two broad categories of systems in a cloud environment: systems of record and systems of engagement. By using Cloud Integration service you can connect your Systems of engagement applications (applications typically involve human interaction) you create on Bluemix with your Systems of record applications (typically on premise applications and databases that store business records and automate standardized processes )
By using the Cloud Integration service, you can create a Cloud Integration API and publish the API as a private service for your organization. For more information see the following link: http
Register for Bluemix at no charge. They don't need your credit card!
Go to www.bluemix.net to start your 30 day trial on Bluemix. Credit card is not required during trial period and you can have immediately have access to unlimited use of selected IBM services and can run applications up to 2 GB of total memory.
When the trial is over, you’ll continue to use the runtimes for free for up to a certain limit and after that you’ll pay for what you use above and beyond what is offered for free. As for services, some of the features charge a fixed monthly plan price, and others charge for metered use.
In short, Bluemix’s pay-per-use model means minimal upfront application development cost for innovators, startups, entrepreneurs and developers and allow them to focus on the key business problems they want to solve. Check out http
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