Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. IBM will provide services and runtimes into the ecosystem based on our extensive software portfolio.
In practical terms, this means that cloud applications built on Bluemix will:
- Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning
- Allow for flexible capacity
- Help to address any lack of internal tech resources
- Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
- Accelerate exploration of new workloads – social, mobile, big data
For developers, this means a system that will significantly reduce the time needed to create the application, to provision it, allow for flexible capacity in terms of storage, but also bandwidth and processing power, and which will handle the back-end infrastructure needs without requiring the developer to spend valuable time doing so--in other words, allow developers to concentrate on doing what they do best--being creative and developing top quality applications.
Enabling the transition
Part of any open cloud environment deployment includes cloud workloads and capabilities that are available within the cloud. IBM has been working to enable key functionality in the cloud based on early customer engagements as well as input from developers.
Bluemix: Making a difference in the cloud
When IBM envisioned Bluemix, it envisioned a system which would answer the needs and challenges facing developers while at the same time empowering and enabling businesses to leverage their resources in the most efficient way possible. And we wanted to create a system that could do this in concrete ways.
For businesses, IBM created a system which allows line-of-business users to easily create applications without needing a high level of technical know-how, reduce the total cost of ownership by introducing cost savings inherent in the cloud, and enable businesses to rapidly adjust to their customer and client needs by leveraging the flexibility cloud applications provide--instant updates, new features deployed automatically (high responsiveness from the end-user's perspective).
By doing all of this, the goal is to provide a platform that allows everyone--the developers, the businesses, the end-users--to accelerate their exploration of cloud app capabilities, whether it be to solve social, mobile, or big data needs and challenges--or combinations of the three, to build the next generation of cloud applications and services.
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IBM has accelerated its hybrid cloud capabilities by unveiling a cloud platform that allows enterprises to quickly build apps in a secure manner and deploy them across public, private and on-premises environments.
Enterprises today are spending more time managing their infrastructure and moving data and apps between disparate cloud environments, forced to sacrifice on either security or speed. The delivery of Bluemix Local brings the speed and ease of app development on Bluemix behind a client's firewall. With its write once, run anywhere feature, enterprises can now swiftly build and run apps in the cloud that stitch together existing systems and connect data and API's into a single environment, while keeping apps current across all platforms. This news continues to expand the Bluemix platform, which has been built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility for enterprises.
This is especially significant for organizations in regulated industries such as banking, healthcare and financial services, who must follow strict mandates and internal policies for how security, compliance and sensitive customer data is handled of their corporate network. For most organizations, a hybrid cloud approach is the preferred model for connecting these worlds in a seamless way. ESG research expects that hybrid cloud adoption in enterprises will rise to over 50 percent by 2017.1
For instance, CaixaBank, the largest financial institution in Spain with the broadest customer base of 13.8 million customers, over 5,300 branches and nearly 10,000 ATMs, has chosen Bluemix Local to support business applications migrating from its local, and private, Cloud Foundry-based Platform as a Service.
New capabilities of Bluemix Local include:
- Relay technology, created by IBM cloud development teams, that ensures all cloud environments remain current. Relay can instantly sync updates across environments, allowing enterprises to experience the same cloud content and visibility, regardless of location.
- Access to IBM's open-standards-based syndicated catalog of more than 120 services that combines IBM and third-party services so enterprises can construct and extend apps and services. With a private catalog and API Management services, enterprise clients can create, publish, manage and monetize their own APIs.
- A single admin console that puts enterprises in control of their entire cloud platform with visibility through a single dashboard of their public, private and on-premises Bluemix environments, including real-time releases, updates and patches.
Clients can also sync data across geographies using IBM's global network of Cloud Data Centers that are operated throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Using the syndicated catalog through Bluemix Local, a wealth manager at a financial services organization could leverage the Watson Personality Insights API to better understand and service their customer. By analyzing communication between the wealth manager and the customer, a company could build an individual personality index to determine if that person is a risk-taker or more cautious in their investment approach. By narrowing down these personality traits, financial services organizations can provide more insightful recommendations, resulting in highly satisfied customers.
"With the delivery of Bluemix Local, IBM now has the broadest spectrum of hybrid cloud capability in the industry," said Steve Robinson, general manager, Cloud Platform Services, IBM. “Developers are using APIs and building data-intensive apps at an explosive rate, but many, particularly those in heavily regulated industries, want the choice to keep sensitive workloads within their own data center. Clients want options. Now, we are empowering developers to build, deploy and run next-generation apps in the environment they need, with the flexibility to shift across hybrid clouds in a simple click."
IBM launched Bluemix with a $1 billion investment in 2014, growing rapidly to become the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world. The open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 120 tools and services spanning categories of big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and Internet of Things. IBM Bluemix was recently shown to the “developers choice” of PaaS and is growing 10-times faster than the overall PaaS market according to research firm ESG.
Find more information on Bluemix Local, visit: ibm.com/bluemix/hybrid.
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1. ESG: Platform-as-a-Service Usage and Satisfaction Study, April 2015. http://www.esg-global.com/research-reports/platform-as-a-service-usage-and-satisfaction-study/
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IBM is introducing several new services on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform, designed to help developers create analytics-driven cloud applications.
The will make it easier for developers to create cloud applications for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chain analytics and intelligent infrastructure solutions. They will be added to over 100 services already available in the Bluemix catalog, which includes complementary analytics tools from IBM such as those found in the recently unveiled IoT Zone and Watson Zone.
Created on open technologies that allow developers to build, run and manage cloud applications and services with more flexibility, Bluemix enables developers to mix and match different services and tools that best fit their strategy. IBM launched Bluemix with a $1 billion investment in 2014; since then, it has become the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world.
IBM is adding more of its own technology into Bluemix, including:
- Bluemix API Management allows developers to rapidly create, deploy, and share large scale APIs and provides a simple and consumable way of controlling critical APIs not possible with simpler connector services.
- New mobile capabilities available on Bluemix for the IBM MobileFirst Platform, which provide the ability to develop location-based mobile apps that connect insights from digital engagement and physical presence.
Among the ecosystem and third-party services being announced today are:
- Public availability of the .NET Runtime (preview) in IBM Bluemix and open sourcing of .NET Buildpack that grants developers in any Cloud Foundry based environment the ability to leverage Microsoft's development capabilities, making it easier to integrate multiple cloud workloads.
- Namara.io platform by ThinkData Works aggregates and catalogues available open data into a single portal, providing businesses, developers, and citizens with API access to high value information.
- Cupenya Insights provides an analytics foundation that allows developers to connect and monitor business activities across several Bluemix applications, define key performance indicators and receive performance overview of the entire business process or supply chain.
- flowthings.io by Flow Corporation collects real-time data and provides complex event processing, and data delivery that makes it easier to integrate applications with almost any software or device in the Internet of Things space.
- Reappt from Push Technology delivers data at unmatched scale and speed over the Internet to give your apps a performance edge.
Underscoring developer choice and skill development of open source technologies as key tenets of cloud innovation, IBM is supporting the expansion of independent Cloud Foundry Dojo's by establishing the first IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo, located in Raleigh, NC. The IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo will be a physical place open to all developers where IBM will help accelerate skills on the Cloud Foundry Code base and mentor developers to dramatically increase the number of code committers to Cloud Foundry.
IBM already has 12 Dojo graduates on its team, and a dedicated team of 9 full time developers to work solely on Cloud Foundry as official committers from IBM on a number of key projects including Elastic Runtime, Diego, Services, BOSH, CLI and Eclipse Tools for Cloud Foundry.
IBM has long supported open source organization in addition to Cloud Foundry, recently unveiling IBM Containers, a Docker-based container service delivered on Bluemix that includes open Docker-native features and interfaces, including the new Docker orchestration services. The IBM Containers service will enable enterprises to launch Docker containers directly onto the IBM Cloud on bare metal servers from SoftLayer. With this technology, developers have an environment that is simpler to manage and offers increased utilization and performance in a more flexible execution model, expanding the types of applications that can be supported on the IBM Cloud.
IBM total cloud revenue—covering public, private and hybrid engagements—was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015; it grew more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015. IBM’s cloud delivered as a service business, a subset of the total, includes PaaS.
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Want to develop your own App quickly but not sure you have the ability to do so? Then consider Rapid Apps which is an extension of the IBM cloud platform, IBM Bluemix.
Rapid Apps allows developers to manage and develop their apps across many different services and run times from one dashboard. Developers can quickly create apps that other people can use, even if they don't have any coding experience. As an example, if a user keeps data in spreadsheets, they can adapt those spreadsheets into apps. Users can work with their app source files in Rapid Apps, and the files are stored in the Rapid Apps service on Bluemix .
IBM Bluemix is a Cloud Based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that can get start-ups and established companies to become cloud ready easily and timeously. If you would like to benefit from IBM Bluemix and get a better understanding of it all you need to do is create an IBM Bluemix Account and enjoy a 30 day free trial. Use this time to determine if the service is a perfect fit for your needs. Bluemix also includes IBM DevOps to give developers flexibility to choose the tooling which works best for them. Developers can use their current developer tools or use the web IDE (Integrated Development Environment) tool as part of the IBM DevOps offering.
Developers can build their apps using widgets then build and test the app in mobile and browser simulators. When the developer completes building the app, they can deploy their apps from Rapid Apps to Bluemix to make the app available on web browsers, tablets, and other mobile devices. This means that developers can create a professional app without coding or scripting.
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There are countless challenges that we face in Africa but the diversity, cultures and willingness to adapt and find solutions to problems is undeniable. The introduction of Bluemix, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), for developers is changing the way in solutions are developed. Bluemix helps developers optimise their time spent creating applications.
Developers no longer have to be worry about long hours spent installing software or having to deal with virtual machine images or hardware. Now with just a few clicks or keystrokes, developers can provision instances of their application with the necessary services to support them. This translates into savings of countless hours of setting up, configuring, and troubleshooting into time spent innovating and getting products to market in days and not months.
Bluemix is an implementation of IBM's Open Cloud Architecture , based on Cloud Foundry that enables you to rapidly create, deploy, and manage your cloud applications. Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud platform as a service (PaaS) on which developers can build, deploy, run and scale applications on public and private cloud models.
As Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry, developers can tap into a growing ecosystem of runtime frameworks and services. In addition to providing additional frameworks and services, Bluemix provides a dashboard for developers to create, view, and manage their applications and services as well as monitor their application's resource usage. The Bluemix dashboard also provides the ability to manage organisations, spaces, and user access.
Bluemix provides access to the services delivered through Cloud Foundry and enhances the collection of services. It delivers basic and enterprise-level services that enterprise organisations need to make their cloud applications ready and available to their customers when they need it and where they need. Because of its underlying open source technologies, Bluemix provides the flexibility to integrate the development frameworks and services that suit your needs.
Take a look at these How-To-Guides to see just how much Bluemix will help you get where you want that much faster.
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Welcome to our new developerWorks blog for Africa. developerWorks Africa blog. This is IBM's online resource for developers and IT professionals located within the African continent. I'll be bringing you the latest IBM technology advances, trends, products along with explanations on what this means to African developers. But it isn't a one-way street, I need to hear from you ! Test the published opinions, and ask questions of our experts, help us dig deeper and find out the implications for IT in Africa.. This works, only as long as we are both in the conversation together. Share you triumphs and innovations as well as your bumps in the road. Don't be shy. We need to hear your opinions, your ideas, and your viewpoints.
Where to start? Where to start? After much consideration and hall talk, I decided to start by tackling Bluemix.
Having spent plenty of time researching Bluemix and having listened to a wide variety of opinions and definitions, I have come to the realisation that many developers approach Bluemix from what it can do for them within their specific fields of expertise. So I've decided to take a higher level view of Bluemix, and assess what it can do for all African developers. Naturally, I have tried to create a definition that can speak to all Developers in Africa to use as a starting point.
I must concede that the definition I share is not solely my own but rather compiled from interviews and discussions with African developers and product managers. A tapestry woven from single threads of single viewpoints, resulting in a comprehensive, higher level assessment of what Bluemix is and what Bluemix means to African developers in particular.
Shamim Hossain states quite aptly that Bluemix is "A platform where developers can act like kids in a sandbox—except this box is enterprise-grade.”
So what is this new sandbox? Hossain refers to Bluemix as a development platform built on Cloud Foundry that allows you to build applications rapidly using a variety of services. Because it's based on open standards, developers avoid vendor lock-in, and leverage the open, flexible, vendor-neutral cloud environment. Developers are free to use a variety of open-sourced tools from IBM, third parties, or freeware sites. Thus, allowing them to select the open standard tool that best fits the need, rather than the proprietary compatible tool designed to fit the anticipated need.
Currently IBM has over 200 software and middleware patterns for helping enterprise developers build portable and compatible application for the hybrid cloud. The pre-built servers ensure that application assembly is easy and developers can dedicate their time to focusing on app requirements and developing solutions to those requirements.
Quite simply this means that Bluemix allows developers to focus on developing their Apps. While Bluemix takes care of the back-end.
Finding Bluemix in Africa
In hunting down the meaning of Bluemix for Africa, I shifted my attention to the IBM Research Africa team based in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the 12th global laboratory and the first commercial facility in Africa. It is creating partnerships in business, research facilities and organisations and in universities across Africa. It was here I found a promising recent interview entitled: What you wanted to know about Bluemix, but were afraid to ask.
The discussion Predrag Lucic, Ecosystem Development Executive MEA IOT, and Executive IT Architect, Hamid Khafagy cover important aspects of Bluemix and candidly admit that at first glance the Bluemix explanations can be quite confusing.
Below is a link to the video. Take some time to demystify Bluemix and allow yourself to discover a world that will make your life as a developer much easier but more importantly more competitive and more efficient.
This is just an example of the many blog entries that will follow, highlighting innovations within IBM, as well as inventions, applications, and further innovations you make in response to those innovations at IBM. That said, we want to hear from you. We want to know what is going on in Africa and give voice to the energy, insight, creative uses, of IBM products and initiatives in Africa. So talk with us on Twitter @dvWorks_Africa and leave your comments below.