IBM Expands Availability of Bluemix Local to China

IBM will expand the availability of its hybrid cloud capabilities to China through the launch in China of Bluemix Local – a cloud hosting platform that allows enterprises to quickly build apps in a secured manner and deploy them across public and private clouds as well as on-premises environments.  

The delivery of IBM Bluemix Local brings Chinese enterprises and developers “the speed and ease of” hybrid app development on Bluemix behind a client’s firewall. Built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility, Bluemix Local would free up the time that organizations have traditionally spent managing infrastructure and moving data and apps between disparate cloud environments.

“China is experiencing a wave of mass innovation from its booming tech community and developer population,” said Ernie Hu, General Manager of IBM Greater China Group, Cloud and Systems Software. “IBM’s Cloud Computing platform aims to accelerate this innovation, and has the impact to transform industries throughout the country by making it easier than ever for businesses and entrepreneurs to build, deploy and run next-generation apps in any environment.” 

According to analyst firm IDC, China is home to 10 percent of the entire global population of developers.

china-cloud“As the pace of innovation within China’s thriving tech and developer ecosystem grows faster than ever, so does the demand to significantly expand how cloud can be used to quickly build intelligent and connected apps,” said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services. “Today’s news builds on IBM’s recent collaboration with 21Vianet and establishes Bluemix as the premier cloud platform for helping developers and companies embrace this shift.”

Banking, Healthcare, Financial Services

IBM recently announced collaboration with 21Vianet, Inc., a carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, to make Bluemix available throughout the country.

IBM Bluemix Local would especially be significant for organizations in industries such as banking, healthcare and financial services, who must follow strict mandates and internal policies for how security, compliance and sensitive customer data is handled outside of their corporate network.

IBM launched Bluemix with a $1 billion investment in 2014. The open-standards-based Bluemix catalog now includes over 120 tools and services spanning categories of big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and Internet of Things (IoT). 

New capabilities of IBM Bluemix Local include:

  • ibm-cloudRelay technology – created by IBM cloud development teams, that ensures all cloud environments remain current. Relay can instantly sync updates across environments, allowing enterprises to experience the same cloud content and visibility, regardless of location.
  • Through its write-once, run-anywhere feature – users can “swiftly” build 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.
  • With a private catalog and API Management services – enterprise clients can create, publish, manage and monetize their own APIs.
  • A single admin console – that puts enterprises in control of their entire cloud platform with visibility through a single dashboard, including real-time releases, updates and patches.