IBM cloud foundry Bluemix generally available for mobile and IoT

July 01, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Announced as part of IBM's $1 billion investment in cloud computing, Bluemix addresses a growing demand to more easily build cloud-based, creative mobile and web applications — without having to spend large amounts of time and resources on configuring infrastructure and multiple software licenses. The Bluemix open cloud development platform is now generally available with new services, clients and systems integrators.

Bluemix, available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace, now includes more than 50 services for building secure, cloud-based business applications. Its rapid adoption during its open beta period, which began in February, makes Bluemix one of the largest Cloud Foundry deployments in the world in just a few months.

"Organizations are rapidly moving new, innovative apps to Cloud Foundry's scalable, user-friendly model," said James Watters, vice president of Cloud Foundry Product and Ecosystem at Pivotal. "IBM Bluemix furthers the Cloud Foundry vision for rapid app development, as well as the ability for developers to work easily between platforms and tools from multiple providers."

Bluemix runs on the SoftLayer infrastructure and combines the strength of IBM's middleware software with other open services and tools from IBM partners and its developer ecosystem to offer DevOps in the cloud – an open, agile development model scalable from one-person startups to large enterprises. The growing catalog includes tools in categories such as Big Data, social, mobile, security, and the Internet of Things, and for industries ranging from mobile commerce, academia, advertising, and emerging spaces such as wearables.

IBM continues to deploy more of its own technology onto Bluemix. For example, IBM's MQ Light messaging service is now available on Bluemix and IBM's Cloud Marketplace to help developers quickly and easily connect different components of an application together in the cloud – regardless of programming language. IBM also deployed Gamification services to Bluemix to help create new systems of engagement for cloud applications across a range of industries, which offer game-like incentives.