IBM Bolsters Hybrid Cloud Capabilities for the Enterprise with New Platform

IBM has today announced an acceleration of its hybrid cloud capabilities by launching a cloud platform, which will allow enterprises to quickly build apps in a secure manner, and deploy them across public, private and on premise environments.

This new platform will look to help enterprises that are spending more time managing their infrastructure, and moving data and apps between disparate cloud environments, reducing the need to sacrifice on either security or speed.

The delivery of Bluemix Local will offer the speed and ease of app development on Bluemix behind a client's firewall. With a write once, run anywhere feature, enterprises will be able to swiftly build and run apps in the cloud that stitch together existing systems, and connect data and API's into a single environment, while keeping apps current across all platforms.

IBM’s Bluemix platform has been built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility for enterprises, and this release will drive that further within the mobility market.

This is especially significant for organisations in regulated industries such as banking, healthcare and financial services, which must adhere to strict mandates and internal policies for how security, compliance and sensitive customer data is handled outside of their corporate network.

New capabilities of Bluemix Local include relay technology, created by IBM cloud development teams, which can instantly sync updates across environments, allowing enterprises to experience the same cloud content and visibility, regardless of location.

"With the delivery of Bluemix Local, IBM now has the broadest spectrum of hybrid cloud capability in the industry," said Steve Robinson, General Manager of Cloud Platform Services at IBM. "Developers are using APIs and building data-intensive apps at an explosive rate, but many, particularly those in heavily regulated industries, want the choice to keep sensitive workloads within their own data center. Clients want options. Now, we are empowering developers to build, deploy and run next-generation apps in the environment they need, with the flexibility to shift across hybrid clouds in a simple click."

IBM launched Bluemix with a $1billion investment in 2014, quickly becoming the largest cloud foundry deployment in the world. The open-standards-based Bluemix catalogue includes over 120 tools and services spanning categories of big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and IoT. IBM Bluemix was recently shown to the ‘developer’s choice’ of PaaS and is reportedly growing faster than the overall PaaS market.