BIG BLUE HAS ANNOUNCED the general release for its cloud development platform as a service (PaaS) offering Bluemix.
The Cloud Foundry suite, which has been in open beta since February, now boasts more than 50 services and has been adopted at a rate which, the company claims, makes it one of "the largest Cloud Foundry deployments in the world".
IBM launched Bluemix as part of a $1bn investment in cloud computing, and it's a framework that allows users to create cloud based applications, slotting in open source services from the IBM Cloud Marketplace.
New services added to the list include Gameification, to add incentives to apps, MQ Light, a messaging service, Redis Cloud, allowing Redis users to run datasets easily and Sonian Email Archive which allows mining of big data from emails and their attachments.
"Organizations are rapidly moving new, innovative apps to Cloud Foundry's scalable, user-friendly model," said James Watters, vice president of Cloud Foundry Product and Ecosystem at Pivotal.
"IBM Bluemix furthers the Cloud Foundry vision for rapid app development, as well as the ability for developers to work easily between platforms and tools from multiple providers."
The investment in Bluemix stretches far beyond the technology infrastructure with over 80,000 consultants trained to advise developers on how to use it, and the first of a series of so-called Bluemix Garages opening in San Francisco as a place where developers from different companies can get advice both from IBM itself and through cross-pollenation of ideas from other companies.
The news coincides with the announcement of a new IBM data centre in London. µ
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