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Just for developers – a Quickie Guide to Why these partnerships matter! Box, Docker, and Apple

I am here in London at the Cloud Forum!   I had a great set of roundtables yesterday and got asked from many developers what do these announcements do for me!

So I took a stab at a high level view of the value!


  • Existing Bluemix developers can now leverage the world class Box cloud storage API and services for their mobile and web apps! (Box API will join the rest of 100+ Enterprise developer service tile on our Bluemix service specifically made for develoeprs)
  • And existing Box developers can now enjoy the speed of creating new mobile and web apps integrating Box API on Bluemix developer cloud
  • What’s more, IBM has built an extensive Enterprise Content Management capabilities
    • content capture, extraction, analytics, case management and governance, that are complentary
    • these solutions were already deployed in many large enterprises,
    • now Box developers will be able to tap into these rich enterprise content

This is particularly interesting for developers want to get into a few specific high barrier-of-entry industries including healthcare and financial industry, because in the past, the data of these enterprises are held in a vault that is difficult to get.

For example, startups can create apps using IBM ECM API to extract contents data to feed into Watson, and then allow researchers to collaborate on Box platform using the insights generated from Watson.


By helping making Docker as the standard of “write code once, and take it anywhere“, it removes the lock in that many developers had to spent lots of time when they start their development on the cloud. (for example, it usually takes a couple of days to redeploy an app from developer’s own machine to AWS cloud)

Through this new partnership, IBM offers “IBM containers” for developers deploying their apps onto Bluemix (public cloud) and PureApp (private cloud) and the tools managing the containers,

For the large companies that are very picky on how/where apps get deployed, this new container eliminate the extra work developer need to spend to figure out how to deploy their apps into large enterprise’s private cloud.


To the iOS developers who wish to create enterprise apps which require server side data integration – the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions extends IBM’s strengths of providing services and middleware with back-end support.

For many iOS apps that requiring backend services, regardless it is nodejs, Ruby on Rails or Java, Bluemix on the other hand provides composable service side app creation and deployment capabilities in an open and common environment.

For Developers who live and work with Xcode (the standard iOS app development tool made by Apple), the Mobile first and Bluemix provides common services such as Enterprise Cloud storage (include Box), backend integration, and Analytics (Watson) right inside Xcode. (btw, this is how IBM created 100+ native iOS apps for IBM enterprise clients)!!

The key here is Bluemix bring enterprise level integrity to the apps created on open source platform such as Cloud Foundry and Docker.


Developers, we're redefining development at DockerCon!

I’m very excited about the upcoming DockerCon event in San Francisco, CA on June 22-23. IBM is once again a platinum sponsor of this conference and I’m so excited about our showcase announcements coming up, including our support of Docker technology through tutorials, birds of a feather sessions, keynote appearances, social media promotions, and more.

I think the biggest news is the launch of IBM Containers on Bluemix!  These are production-ready containers with rich management capabilities for developers to build and run hybrid applications in the enterprise with confidence. Developers get automated monitoring and logging for the most visibility and control to Bluemix with full deployment lifecycle. IBM Containers on Bluemix scale elastically with auto-recovery to meet the needs of application demand. Developers can also utilize the wide ecosystem of services on Bluemix today such as devops tooling and integration services.

IBM Containers on Bluemix are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve expanded our use of Docker containers to run on Power Systems and z System. IBM is the first and only Docker partner to resell Docker Hub Enterprise and we’re now offering on-premise solutions sold with Urbancode Deploy and Pure Application.

Developers are under more pressure than ever to innovate, deliver, respond and react. These same pressures inspired us to create solutions like Bluemix and our thriving, developer-focused community, developerWorks. Despite all the APIs, runtimes, and tools today’s developers need, the Docker container stands out as an incredible solution for a difficult development landscape. We’ve just launched an all in one IBM Container Page on developerWorks to help developers get up to speed quickly on our containers. Check it out!

Through portable packaging, Docker enables a developer to build out the software required to support an application with lightning speed and ease. They can take that data anywhere, running it on a production environment, hybrid cloud, and more.

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