IBM (News - Alert) stated that its newly released development environment and capabilities-as-a-service are designed to help its clients fasten the adoption of hybrid clouds that can bring about new means of innovation for enterprises.
Recent studies about the software cloud development sector supposedly revealed notable issues like the availability of lesser number of developers for cloud software and the need for developers to have dynamic application development environment that drives them to the cloud era and also supports them. Companies were also demanding an open and flexible development platform that can simplify the creation of new applications and connect them with existing computing systems.
Apart from investing over a billion dollars in order to fasten the adoption of hybrid clouds and sort out the abovementioned issues, IBM is also opening its extensive enterprise software portfolio to the cloud, launching an open beta codenamed BlueMix and bringing its middleware portfolio, such as WebSphere, to SoftLayer (News - Alert) through pre-defined software ‘patterns’ to easily extend existing applications to the cloud.
BlueMix is termed as an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications and at same time leverage an ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. BlueMix is slated to offer developers all the instant services, runtimes, and infrastructure they need to push their ideas into the present.
WebSphere is a computer software brand of products for enterprises – middleware used by enterprises to create applications and integrate applications with other applications. And IBM plans to continue its investment to expand SoftLayer that can deliver the means to plan, develop, test, deploy and monitor applications, and systems management as a service.
Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of software and cloud solutions at IBM, remarked, “IBM is ushering in a bold new era of innovation by partnering with developers in an open environment to accelerate the emerging world of hybrid cloud computing. We are combining the strength of our developer ecosystem with the depth of subject matter expertise in domains such as mobile, Big Data and DevOps, to build a scalable model that easily spans from a single developer to global teams. Today's announcement is another significant move in extending true cloud integration – not just to existing data and transaction services but to a new class of emerging applications.”