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IBM Buys DBaaS Provider Cloudant, Opens Bluemix Cloud Platform to Public

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In keeping with its aggressive strategy around cloud services, IBM is buying NoSQL Database-as-a-Service startup Cloudant, and is launching the public beta of cloud developer platform called Bluemix.

Cloudant Acquisition

Cloudant will join IBM’s newly formed Information and Analytics Group, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group. Financial terms were not disclosed and the acquisition of Cloudant is expected to close in 1Q14.

According to IBM, Cloudant will extend its big data and analytics, cloud computing and mobile offerings, helping clients quickly create engaging and data-rich apps.

Increasingly, developers have had to adopt the non-relational approach to storing data to have greater flexibility in handling the massive volumes of data generated by users and devices.

Cloudant provides a cloud-based data service for storing and accessing structured and unstructured data, as well as enabling synchronization across mobile devices. Users can be assured that their data stores have highly available and elastic scalability.

Cloudant also fits into IBM’s MobileFirst solutions, allowing developers who use IBM’s mobile app development software Worklight to quickly create flexible, reliable and scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data.

BlueMix Now Available in Public Beta

After months of closed beta testing, IBM has released BlueMix to the developer community as a public beta. BlueMix is designed to help developers quickly create and provision apps, and supply them with the storage bandwidth and processing capacity they need for various workloads.

BlueMix also lets developers tap into an ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. Developers can also manage their source code using Git, and use a web-based development environment.

Under the hood, BlueMix is actually an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture that leverages Cloud Foundry, an open-source PaaS software that IBM just officially joined as a core partner. It also incorporates Open Stack, and Soft Layer technologies, and several IBM enterprise software applications.

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