IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities to Connect Enterprise Data and Applications to the Cloud

   IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-Service Capabilities to             Connect Enterprise Data and Applications to the Cloud  Delivers Enterprise Software Capabilities - Integration, Security, Analytics, Commerce to Accelerate New Era of Hybrid Clouds  PR Newswire  ARMONK, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014  ARMONK, N.Y. and LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a unique new development environment and capabilities-as-a-service to help clients and developers speed the adoption of "hybrid" clouds, which have the potential to usher in a new era of innovation across the enterprise. As part of its initiative, IBM has invested more than $1 billion for software cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer.  IBM Invests $1B to Deliver Unique Platform-as-a-service Capabilities  With today's news, IBM is addressing three fundamental issues to help speed the adoption of hybrid clouds.    1) Enabling enterprise developers for the cloud: According to Evans Data,   there are more than 18 million software developers worldwide yet less than   25 percent are developing for the cloud today [1]. As the industry moves to   the cloud era, millions of developers are looking to access tools and   services that will enable them to leverage this fast-emerging opportunity.    2) Integrating across enterprise environments:  Enterprises are looking to   innovate and drive significant value in a new era of hybrid clouds, which   link systems of engagement -- built on mobile and social technologies and   where consumers are engaging with organizations -- with systems of record   where data and transactions are processed.    3) An open ecosystem and platform for development that accelerates   innovation and fosters growth: Developers are looking for a dynamic   application development environment to support the cloud era. A new   development platform should be open and flexible and make it easier for   corporate developers and independent companies alike to create applications   and connect them to existing computing systems.  In response to these market dynamics, today IBM is announcing three new sets of cloud capabilities:    1) IBM is opening its extensive enterprise software portfolio to the   cloud and launching an open beta codenamed BlueMix™, a new   platform-as-service (PaaS) that combines the strength of IBM software,   third-party and open technologies. BlueMix provides DevOps in the cloud --   an open, integrated development experience that scales. DevOps services help   developers, independent firms and enterprise teams get started to build   enterprise applications more quickly and effectively. DevOps services enable   developers to focus on continuously delivering new functions by learning   from their users. Today, IBM also announced a definitive agreement to   acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held   database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and   quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. Cloudant will extend   IBM's Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile offerings and   become an essential component of BlueMix.    2) IBM is bringing its middleware portfolio, such as WebSphere, to   SoftLayer through pre-defined software "patterns" to easily extend existing   applications to the cloud. With more than 200 application and middleware   patterns available from IBM and IBM Business Partners, the IBM Software   Patterns are differentiated in that they enable application portability   across a hybrid cloud environment, providing the flexibility to deploy   applications and middleware on-premise or off-premise, simplifying hybrid IT   management.    3) IBM continues to invest in and expand the  services running on   SoftLayer,  including DevOps to  provide essential capabilities to plan,   develop, test, deploy and monitor applications, and systems management as a   service, extending  its industry leading solutions to the Cloud. And IBM   today announced that it is integrating its Power Systems into its SoftLayer   cloud infrastructure to deliver a level and breadth of infrastructure   services beyond what has traditionally been available over the cloud.  "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," said Robert LeBlanc, IBM Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions. "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."  IBM Launches Open Beta of Codename: BlueMix, Redefining Cloud Development This new application development environment delivers the speed and flexibility of a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to allow developers to more quickly compose and build enterprise-grade applications for the cloud era by providing access to IBM's vast software portfolio as composable services.  This PaaS/services combination, built on open standards and taking advantage of Cloud Foundry, enables developers to avoid vendor lock-in while leveraging their existing application development assets and skills, which is essential for building hybrid clouds. IBM is providing developers an open, flexible cloud environment connecting the enterprise and born-on-the-web developers using their choice of tools, whether IBM, third-party, or open technologies, in a scalable environment.  Building on more than 20 years of commitment and leadership in driving open standards, IBM also announced it will serve as a founding member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. The goal of this foundation is to create and develop open source platform-as-a-service ecosystems.  As part of BlueMix, IBM is building a lineup of developer services focused on mobile, web apps, integration, DevOps and data management. In addition, IBM is continuing to make available to developers its suites of business applications (SaaS) as composable API-based services, such as Watson, commerce, security, analytics, marketing and others. As an example, using BlueMix, developers can leverage middleware services to build a new sales app that can provide retail associates with access to inventory management information from systems of record at the time of customer engagement.   BlueMix DevOps services provide an integrated experience to help developers accelerate time to market and improve quality. DevOps includes services to store and manage code (using the popular Git repository), a built-in Web integrated development environment (IDE), and Eclipse and Visual Studio integrations to let developers use whichever environment they prefer. DevOps Services enable agile planning and tracking to share work and collaborate across team members, as well as application deployment automation to streamline the delivery of new function, mobile quality, and performance monitoring to help learn and iterate more quickly. By integrating across the software delivery lifecycle, DevOps services help developers move faster from an idea to an application that meets users' needs.  In the automotive industry connected vehicles will rely on a strong IT structure and the cloud has become increasingly important in this area. The international automotive supplier Continental is using the BlueMix platform to offer cloud-based connected solutions that will pave the way for Automated Driving.  "The investment in IBM BlueMix addresses a much needed gap for Continental that allows us to move more quickly through the cloud in the development of our connected solutions. The automobile industry is following the same trajectory as other devices becoming connected and we see great opportunity for exciting connected features that will transform the future of mobility using the BlueMix platform to create value for motorists and make driving safer, more comfortable and efficient," said Brian Droessler, Vice President, Software and Connected Solutions, Continental Automotive Systems.  IBM Brings Its Middleware to SoftLayer with IBM Software Patterns IBM is bringing its extensive middleware portfolio to SoftLayer with IBM Software Patterns. Organizations can maximize existing application investments using these pre-defined patterns that are created to capture the many steps for deploying and managing an application.  IBM Software Patterns are portable between on-premise and off-premise environments, providing the flexibility to deploy applications and middleware to meet dynamic business requirements. Available through the PureApplication Service on SoftLayer beta, IBM Software Patterns open up new possibilities to simplify common IT processes such as DevOps. IT teams can quickly create off-premise environments in the cloud to complete tasks such as application testing and quality assurance, then transfer the applications back to an on-premise production environment. Additionally developers can create their own patterns – writing them once and deploying them on-premise or off-premise – using IBM tools and services, or select from more than 200 Software Patterns provided by IBM and IBM Business Partners ranging from traditional ERP/CRM and Business Intelligence to Web and mobile applications.  For example, independent software vendor (ISV) ExigenInsurance Solutionshas created an application pattern for its insurance industry solution using the IBM Web Application middleware pattern. With the PureApplication Service on SoftLayer, Exigen can now address new market segments offering clients the option to develop and run Exigencore systemsacross a hybrid cloud environment making it easier for clients to optimize total costs.  Additional Services Running on SoftLayer IBM is making SoftLayer the foundation of its cloud portfolio. Building on the company's recent $1.2 billion investment to expand SoftLayer's global footprint with new data centers worldwide, IBM is announcing additional new cloud services on SoftLayer.    oIBM Systems Management as a Service – IBM is addressing the critical needs     of IT operations by extending its industry leading service management     solutions to the Cloud. Built on decades of experience in managing some of     the most scalable IT systems in the world, IBM is introducing a     comprehensive set of IT management solutions. With just a few clicks, IT     practitioners can try and buy systems management as-a-service solutions     providing instant insights and value. With these new solutions, IBM     provides IT practitioners with the ability to optimize how they manage     mixed workloads -- both cloud and on-prem -- along with connected devices     and business applications across any given organization. The new offerings     are available both as-a-service hosted on IBM SoftLayer and as on-premise     installed software, providing clients with deployment and management     choice and flexibility.   oPower on SoftLayer – Beginning next quarter and continuing over time,     SoftLayer's first service built on Power Systems will be IBM Watson     solutions, followed by additional offerings leveraging Power Systems'     advantages of optimization for data and analytics performance. The     preliminary set of planned offerings includes:         oWatson solutions -- includes Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson          Engagement Advisor and The Watson Development Cloud, a platform as a          service that contains the technology, tools, SDKs and APIs that          enable third parties to design, develop and deploy cognitive          applications.        oSoftware as a Service -- includes a wide range of data services          optimized on Power Systems including IBM DB2 BLU and IBM Cognos          analytics solutions.        oInfrastructure as a Service -- bare metal Power Systems will be          offered to clients as an on-demand infrastructure platform.    oIBM Platform Computing Cloud Service on SoftLayer – IBM also announced     Platform LSF and Platform Symphony software delivered as a service for     technical computing and analytics workloads  running on SoftLayer.  About IBM Cloud Computing IBM has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world with 40,000 industry experts around cloud engagements. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 16 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at Join the conversation #ibmcloud. To learn more about today's news please read Smarter Planet blog.  [1] Source: Evans Data Developer Population and Demographics Study, 2013.  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