IBM is offering customers of its Bluemix developer platform a greater level of security and control through a single tenant version, plus a private API catalogue, in a move intended to make it easier for organisations to build applications that involve sensitive data.
Available now via IBM's Softlayer cloud subsidiary, Bluemix Dedicated provides developers with a cloud-based platform in a single tenant environment, hosted in an IBM cloud centre of the organisation's choice to allow for maximum control over where data resides.
The new version basically delivers all of the benefits of IBM's Bluemix public cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), but with each customer getting their own private instance.
Bluemix Dedicated helps organisations address concerns over data sovereignty, performance and compliance by giving them more control over the physical location of their data and production environments, thus enabling them to build mission-critical services that can scale globally, according to IBM.
"With Bluemix Dedicated now available in our global cloud centre network, IBM is adding another on-ramp to the cloud for developers to move quickly and innovate, but do so in a model that maintains the necessary levels of security and control," said Steve Robinson, general manager for IBM Cloud Platform Services.
Under Bluemix Dedicated, customers get dedicated hardware and direct network connectivity to their premises. It will initially offer a core set of services including the Cloudant database, data caching to improve the speed and responsiveness of web apps, and runtimes that give developers the flexibility to use the coding language of their choice, IBM said.
IBM also said it is adding a private API catalogue to its public cloud version of Bluemix, with the aim of helping developers to access their on-premise data as part of a hybrid cloud deployment. It allows developers to build a secure connection between on-premise systems of record and IBM's public Bluemix catalogue through an established dedicated tunnel, the firm said.
Meanwhile, IBM said it has expanded its Bluemix Garage network with a London presence. Announced earlier this year, Bluemix Garage sites are intended as places where developers, product managers and designers can meet and collaborate with IBM consultants and experts.
The latest Bluemix Garage site is located at Level39, a technology accelerator space located in the One Canada Square building in London's Canary Wharf.
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