IBM invests $1 billion for software Cloud development, acquires Cloudant

IBM said it has has invested more than $1 billion for software Cloud development and is launching new capabilities running on SoftLayer. It is also acquiring Cloudant.

As part of the Cloud initiative, IBM is opening its 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.

IBM is also acquiring Boston, MA-based Cloudant, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create 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.


IBM is bringing its middleware portfolio, such as WebSphere, to SoftLayer through pre-defined software patterns to extend existing applications to the cloud.

IBM 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.

Robert LeBlanc, IBM Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions, said: “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.”

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