It starting to feel like IBM is putting out a new cloud related release nearly every day, but when a big player like IBM gets its teeth into cloud - and god knows it’s been trying to get a foothold in the market for a long time – then it really starts to make waves. The latest release highlights a number of new updates to its BlueMix integration platform as a service solution, DevOps and to Softlayer hosting to support the changes.
BlueMix, is IBM’s open cloud platform, and is based on an open standards foundation, Cloud Foundry, and provides developers access to IBM’s integration, security and transactional middleware as well as software from business partners. The predominant use for BlueMix is to enable developers to connect two broad categories of systems in a hybrid cloud environment: systems of record, such as core banking and accounting systems, and systems of engagement, such as mobile, situational and social apps.
The new BlueMix services include:
- AppScan to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results;
- Embeddable Reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment its provisioned – turning volumes of Big Data into actionable feedback;
- Workflow services to orchestrate cloud services, evolving workflows based on their behaviour;
Additionally there are new services in the BlueMix on-premise DevOps services aimed at businesses creating hybrid solutions where there’s a need to access data from systems of record to new applications and agile processes stored in the cloud. The services include:
Continuous Testing, Release and Deployment services, which include applying advanced analytics to gauge mobile app user sentiment and quality; as well as the ability to build and manage app quality on multiple platforms (i.e. iOS, Android) simultaneously.
Continuous Business Planning and Collaborative Development services such as Rational System Architect for open communication and analytics between teams to manage change faster; Collaborative Lifecycle Management to offer a ten-fold performance improvement in reporting services; as well as Rational DOORS to increase transparency and traceability of requirements.
“Organisations today are finding they need to quickly build and shift to mobile, social and cloud-based apps to differentiate customer experience. However, the best apps often need to reach into the volumes of data held behind the firewalls of organizations’ infrastructures,” said Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager of IBM Rational Software. “IBM’s DevOps approach helps teams connect that information to build better systems of interaction with both speed and high quality.”
Continuous Delivery Pipeline services to allow organizations to manage multiple application releases simultaneously, giving them the increasingly competitive advantage of rapid, accurate software delivery.