IBM Acquires Compose To Boost Database-as-a-Service Offerings

In a move to beef up its database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offerings, IBM just snapped up a private company that provides DBaaS technologies. Compose targets Web and mobile app developers with its solutions.

The buy, financial terms of which were not disclosed, is certainly strategic. And Big Blue said the acquisition demonstrates its commitment to accelerating developer activity and innovation around open source and cloud data services. ThatEUs important, given the sheer opportunity in the cloud database arena, which IBM predicts will be worth $14 billion by 2019.

EUComposeEUs breadth of database offerings will expand IBMEUs Bluemix platform for the many app developers seeking production-ready databases built on open source,EU said Derek Schoettle, general manager of IBM Cloud Data Services. EUCompose furthers IBMEUs commitment to ensuring developers have access to the right tools for the job by offering the broadest set of DBaaS service and the flexibility of hybrid cloud deployment.EU

Why Devs Love DBaaS

Open source databases like MongoDB (pictured) are a huge and fast-growing part of the DBaaS sector. The reason is obvious: it makes it easier for Web and mobile application developers to get their jobs done because it does away with the distraction and monotony of back-end database and systems administration.

Founded in 2010, Compose offers auto-scaling, production-ready databases to help software development teams deploy data services. The company supports five popular open source databases: MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and RethinkDB.

More than 3,600 companies -- including firms in retail, Internet of Things, higher education, marketing service and e-commerce -- are tapping into Compose-hosted databases. All told, these companies have created over 100,000 databases with Compose. The acquisition will give IBM a better framework to deliver production-ready, cloud database services for developers and ultimately drive new cloud data services offerings.

IBM Ready To Compete

Big Blue said there are many companies eager to...

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