Hosted in an IBM cloud data center, Bluemix Dedicated will initially offer four services: A database service, a data caching service, a messaging service, and a set of runtimes for various programs.
"IBM is also smartly making [Bluemix] offerings available in private cloud settings for on-premises deployment because for the foreseeable future there is a big opportunity for enterprises to leverage this cloud-enabled assets in their own data centers," Hilwa wrote. "It is interesting to see how the company is choosing to offer selected hybrid offerings where the opportunity makes sense."
The company has also launched a catalog of API (application programming interfaces) of Bluemix services, providing a way for in-house applications to call out to IBM services. For instance, an organization could use IBM's database service to keep data for mobile clients. Or, a retailer could use IBM's geolocational services to push notifications to its customers based on where these people are located.
Microsoft also recently added application lifecycle tools to its Azure hosted cloud offerings.
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