IBM Beefs Up Open Cloud Platform, Adds DevOps Capabilities

IBM has added additional services to Bluemix, its open cloud platform, which will move from beta testing and into production later this month. New services include security tools, analytics, workflow software, and release management tools.

“Since Bluemix was launched just three months ago, we’ve seen a rapid ramp-up of third-party and IBM services available to developers who want to use DevOps in the cloud to create composable, enterprise-class apps,” said Steve Robinson, general manager of IBM’s Cloud Platform Services. “Much of this evolution stems from work we’ve done with clients and our collaboration with our growing, open standards-based ecosystem. We can expect this momentum to continue as a bigger share of nearly 18 million developers globally move the bulk of their app development to the cloud.”

New Bluemix services include AppScan, designed to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results, as well as embeddable reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment it is provisioned – turning volumes of big data into actionable feedback. The new set of services also include workflow capabilities to orchestrate cloud services, evolving workflows based on their behavior, and continuous delivery pipeline services to enable organizations to manage multiple application releases simultaneously.

Bluemix is based on an open standards foundation, Cloud Foundry, and provides developers access to IBM’s software for integration, security, transactions and other key functions, as well as software from business partners. As a result, it can help developers connect two broad categories of systems in a cloud environment: systems of record, such as core banking and accounting systems, and systems of engagement, such as mobile, situational and social apps.

Bluemix also offers cloud-based DevOps services, intended to enable developers to rapidly develop and deliver projects faster and more efficiently. In line with this, IBM is also announcing new DevOps solutions typically used behind

organizations’ firewalls, including continuous testing, release and deployment, along with continuous business planning and collaborative development.

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