IBM has acquired database-as-a-service (DBaaS) startup Compose in a bid to expand its cloud data services division for app developers looking to use ready-made open source databases.
Compose offers production-ready databases built on open source examples provided by the likes of MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB.
These are pushed to developers as a cloud service and can be deployed quickly and scaled up automatically to support web apps.
Derek Schoettle, general manager at IBM Cloud Data Services, revealed that Compose will become part of the firm's Bluemix cloud platform that provides tools for apps developers.
"Compose furthers IBM's commitment to ensuring developers have access to the right tools for the job by offering the broadest set of DBaaS and the flexibility of hybrid cloud deployment," he said.
The addition of Compose to Bluemix will allow developers to use databases that can scale with their app's growth without being hamstrung by the costs of setting up, integrating and administrating database technologies.
This will make IBM's development platform more appealing to app makers, particularly those who are fans of open source tools and platforms.
Kurt Mackey, co-founder and chief executive of Compose, explained that the acquisition will help the startup to grow in scale and tap into IBM's database pedigree.
"While we are profitable and growing fast, we think now is the right time to team up with a larger company. We will be able to do more, faster, and it's the best way to continue our mission. Also, I'm not going to say the word 'synergy', but synergy," he said in a blog post on the Compose website.
Mackey reassured current users of Compose that the IBM buyout will not change how the startup delivers its service, although the firm will look to enhance its DBaaS offering and expand its business reach.
"If you're a customer, nothing is changing. It's simply getting a little more credible," said Mackey.
IBM and Compose did not reveal any financial details of the deal.
IBM is a prolific supporter of startups, and recently launched the Tech.London online startup community with the London mayor.
The company revealed SuperVessel in June, a free and open access cloud service intended to let students and developers experiment with building applications for the OpenPower ecosystem.
IBM might have reported its 13th consecutive fall in revenues, but this investment in cloud-based development is indicative of the firm's commitment to a cloud-based business future.
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