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IBM pursues new school and old guard with latest cloud wares

Serdar Yegulalp | Feb. 22, 2016
With new cloud services for WebSphere, Swift, and GitHub Enterprise, IBM courts enterprises of all stripes

In a third move, IBM is attempting to create the same kind of "serverless application server" technology that Amazon did with AWS Lambda and Google with Google Cloud Functions. IBM's new OpenWhisk event-driven platform runs on Bluemix and has one advantage those other two platforms don't: Code needn't be JavaScript or Swift (the two languages supported by OpenWhisk), as long as it's provided in a Docker container. IBM plans to release OpenWhisk's code as an open source project "to generate a powerful ecosystem of event providers and consumers."

IBM's public cloud has been pushed as a front end for next-generation services like Watson, but most of its appeal has come from products that are familiar to enterprise developers -- SparkDocker, and so on. That isn't to say Watson and its associated services are a waste of time, but little has been built with them that has had the same transformative effect as other (open source, largely non-proprietary) technologies.

IBM is wise to offer developers familiar, practical, and useful new tools as it goes head-to-head with the existing kings of cloud.

Source: Infoworld 


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