By Steve Robinson
The cloud industry is entering a critical innovation stage.
Organizations have quickly learned that the Cloud presents a cost-effective and reliable way of delivering value, but it’s also becoming clear that cloud is more than just way to cut costs.
Cloud technologies have the means to exponentially increase performance regardless of the industry. And the tremendous growth and potential can only be sustained with a continued commitment to innovation on the cloud. If we expect enterprise-wide adoption of cloud technologies to continue, cloud must be easy to use, bring value and have the ability to integrate regardless of the platform.
Before IBM Bluemix, our platform-as-a-service, was even off the ground, the IBM team decided early on that the development platform needed to be two things: easy to use and developed on open technologies such as Cloud Foundry to incorporate transparent development, Devops and hackathons.
Since launching Bluemix with a $1 billion investment in 2014, we have become the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world. Moreover, a survey from analyst firm ESG released last week showed, developers across the U.S. cited Bluemix as the most used cloud development platform, growing at a rate 10 times faster on average than the other leading vendors in the PaaS market.
Our focus on freedom of choice is what’s driving the rapid pace of adoption.
In fact, just yesterday we announced a new set of third-party services that will make it easier for developers to create data-driven cloud applications for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chain analytics and intelligent infrastructure solutions. They will be added to over 100 open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services already available in the Bluemix catalog. This includes complementary analytics tools such as those found in the recently unveiled IoT Zone and Watson Zone.
To underscore developer choice and skill development of open source technologies as key tenets of cloud innovation, we are also committing to help the expansion of independent Cloud Foundry Dojo‘s by establishing the first IBM Dojo, located in Raleigh, NC. The IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo will be a physical place open to all developers where IBM will help accelerate skills on the Cloud Foundry Code base and mentor developers to dramatically increase the number of code committers to Cloud Foundry.
Open by design is at the core of cloud innovation, not proprietary technologies or virtual silos. This is why we have long pushed for open standards alongside leading organizations like Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and Docker since their inception.
Collaboration across platforms and services is crucial in order to continue the growth of the overall cloud market.
By opening up Bluemix to others we can create new breed of cloud services, so that developers can have all the open technologies tools they need to innovate without restraint. This, in turn, opens the door for true collaboration and choice, the not so secret sauce of innovating in the cloud.