PaaS reviews

Review: IBM Bluemix bulks up Cloud Foundry

IBM's full-featured PaaS wows with Watson and an amazing array of services, but many are not yet ready for prime time

Become An Insider

Sign up now and get FREE access to hundreds of Insider articles, guides, reviews, interviews, blogs, and other premium content. Learn more.
At a Glance
  • IBM Bluemix

    InfoWorld Rating

    IBM Bluemix has filled a number of gaps in Cloud Foundry without forking the code. It offers a compelling lineup of IBM and third-party services, including Watson cognitive services, but many of these...

When I reviewed the Cloud Foundry PaaS (platform as a service) last summer, I concentrated on the open source, Pivotal, and ActiveState implementations. In this review, I’ll look at IBM Bluemix, a multitenanted PaaS hosted on SoftLayer, which combines Cloud Foundry with an improved online UI and services from IBM and third parties.

The most distinctive services on Bluemix are based on Watson, a cognitive system that provides natural language processing, hypothesis generation and evaluation, and dynamic learning. Several of the other services and integrations in Bluemix fill gaps in the open source version of Cloud Foundry -- for example, autoscaling, mobile, big data, and enterprise integration services.

To continue reading this article register now

Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.