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:

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