Review: IBM Bluemix bulks up Cloud Foundry

IBM's full-featured PaaS wows with Watson and an amazing array of services, but many are not yet ready for prime time

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When I reviewed the Cloud Foundry PaaS (platform as a service) last summer, I concentrated on the open source, Pivotal, and ActiveState implementations. In this review, I’ll look at IBM Bluemix, a multitenanted PaaS hosted on SoftLayer, which combines Cloud Foundry with an improved online UI and services from IBM and third parties.

The most distinctive services on Bluemix are based on Watson, a cognitive system that provides natural language processing, hypothesis generation and evaluation, and dynamic learning. Several of the other services and integrations in Bluemix fill gaps in the open source version of Cloud Foundry -- for example, autoscaling, mobile, big data, and enterprise integration services.

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