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April 11, 2017

IBM Bluemix targets app developers with open microservices

Big Blue pushes its range of open standard platforms and microservices.

By James Nunns

IBM has released a new set of techniques to help developers build apps on its cloud platform, Bluemix.

The addition of microservices that can be written in a variety of different languages, such as Node.js or Java, should help developers to shorten the amount of time it takes to create applications, due to expanding the number of developers that can work on an app.

In addition to a range of languages, users can also choose from different frameworks and platforms, with open standards-based platforms available such as Cloud Foundry and Bluemix OpenWhisk.

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OpenWhisk, which is Big Blue’s serverless computing platform, is designed to give developers the ability to set parameters in an app which execute code and cloud tools automatically.

The company has been playing up the benefits of its wide array of microservices tools available, saying that by using its services a retail development team, for example, could build an intelligent supply chain management app that gives managers more visibility into their inventories and shipments.

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Big Blue said that it’s microservices could help the team in this example to run the app in the languages and on the platforms that best enhances functionality.

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For example, the service connecting the app into the company’s main planning system could be run on Cloud Foundry, enabling secure API access into backend databases. When written in Node.js, the service would be able to tap into and manage numerous different stakeholders and variables within the planning system.

Bluemix currently offers more than 150 tools and services across areas such as cognitive intelligence, blockchain, security, the Internet of Things, DevOps and more.

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