IBM Ups the Ante for ‘Serverless’ Computing

IBM is shipping new features for Bluemix OpenWhisk, its serverless computing platform, intended to help developers more rapidly debug code, better integrate with third party tools, and accommodate a broader range of programming languages.

The computing giant also said it is expanding integrations with a growing ecosystem surrounding OpenWhisk, which has code rooted in active developer communities such as Apache, 

“Developers are turning to the cloud for efficiency, but they also want choice,” said Bill Karpovich, general manager, IBM Cloud. “Since we’ve built OpenWhisk with open standards, it’s able to not only help resolve many problems associated with server management, but also gives developers the flexibility to pull in outside tools and data and run code wherever they choose.”

Available on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, OpenWhisk binds relevant events and triggers, such as the uploading of an image or the clicking of a mouse. When triggered, OpenWhisk automatically taps advanced cloud services as needed, such as cognitive intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and more. This design essentially renders traditional cloud infrastructure invisible, IBM said.

New features include instant debugging for Node.js, Python, and Swift actions; integration with MessageHub, a Bluemix-hosted Apache Kafka service for real-time build outs of data pipelines and streaming apps, and support for new runtimes such as Java, Node v6, Python and Swift v3. OpenWhisk is now generally available to all Bluemix pay-as-you-go users and subscribers.

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