IBM’s open cloud development platform Bluemix available now

IBM has announced that open cloud development platform Bluemix, is now available on IBM cloud market place with new services for building secure, cloud-based business applications.

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. This enables Bluemix 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’s MQ Light messaging service is now available on Bluemix. 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.

New business partner services being added to Bluemix and the IBM Cloud Marketplace include Redis Cloud, which help developers use the cloud to rapidly access huge volumes of data and run their Redis datasets.

Bluemix users will now be able to connect to Redis using the powerful and global IBM SoftLayer cloud – helping to improve both the scalability and availability of the data they need to build cloud applications.

Other new business partner services include Email Archive, a flagship service from Sonian, which helps users better capitalize on the vast amounts of data generated from email, attachments and other intellectual property.

Another new Bluemix service from ClearChat enables users to develop and test for multiple mobile platforms such as iOS and Android.  ClearChat’s mobile services provide common channels for users of an application to communicate – regardless of platform or device.

GameStop is planning to use Bluemix to develop a new mobile app to combine its in-store and online shopping experience for customers. Ability to add loyalty functionality as well as rapidly test, retool and deploy mobile apps on Bluemix would give a competitive advantage in a market where speed is a major factor.

IBM also announced that other systems integrators, including Computer Sciences Corporation, are also using Bluemix to help their clients design and deploy cloud strategies.

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