How can IBM stand out in the crowded PaaS (platform as a service) cloud market? The answer potentially involves security, privacy and corporate compliance -- along with an IBM Watson Big Data twist. With those components in mind, Big Blue has unveiled a single-tenant version of Bluemix. The new PaaS offering allows developers to "build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment."

Bluemix Dedicated is hosted in an IBM cloud center of an organization’s choice. The secret sauce leverages dedicated hardware from within a SoftLayer cloud center and direct network connectivity to the enterprise. IBM acquired SoftLayer last year in an aggressive bid to counter public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Initial Bluemix Dedicated services will include:

  • Cloudant’s scalable, high-performance Database-as-a-Service;
  • Data caching to improve the speed and responsiveness of web apps; and
  • Runtimes to give developers the ability to run their apps in the coding language of their choice

There's also a Watson hook to this story. "Developers can build and run apps in Bluemix Dedicated, as well as pull in services from IBM’s public Bluemix catalogue, such as Watson APIs for cognitive computing, social data analytics and Aspera’s rapid data integration tools," IBM stated.
IBM is attempting to rally developers onto the Bluemix platform. The company already promotes a tech accelerator in San Francisco called Bluemix Garage. Now, a second Bluemix Garage will open in Level39 -- Europe’s largest tech accelerator based in London.

"This Garage will serve as a central location for UK developers, product managers and designers – from both startups and enterprises alike – to collaborate with IBM consultants, as well as outside developers and entrepreneurs, to build the next generation of cloud apps," IBM said in a prepared statement.

Bluemix Dedicated arrives as IBM CEO Ginni Rometty strives to reshape the company around cloud and mobile services.

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