IBM has announced general availability and improvements to a set of services for their IBM Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, Bluemix, that would enable developers to more seamlessly integrate Java-based resources into their cloud-based applications.
The new IBM Cloud tools are designed to help developers broaden the capabilities of their applications to give users a more robust cloud experience, by leveraging added security and flexibility to use a vast array of resources for their development.
The new and improved IBM Cloud tools include:
- Liberty Buildpack – updated the Liberty runtime to make available or preview the latest Java EE 7 Liberty features, and while IBM JRE 7.1 remains the default it is now possible to test and run applications in IBM Bluemix with Java 8. Additionally, among other improvements, the jsp-2.3, el-3.0, and jdbc-4.1 Liberty features, previously in beta, are now available as production-ready.
- XPages on IBM Bluemix – brings the power of Domino XPages to the cloud, allowing developers to create feature-rich, responsive, and secured applications that can be quickly brought to market on Bluemix.
Developers can access these new services here: new IBM Cloud tools.
The open-standards-based IBM Bluemix catalog includes over 100 tools and services of the most prominent open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services that would allow developers to build, run and manage cloud applications with more flexibility. IBM launched its Bluemix platform via a $1 billion investment in 2014.