IBM Moves To Bolster Cloud Offerings

Big Blue took some big steps to fortify its enterprise cloud offerings this week. The company announced that the latest version of its MobileFirst Foundation, its mobile application development platform, is now available through IBM Cloud.

IBM also released a new version of its database software, IBM DB2 V11.1 (pictured above), specifically designed to help developers move data and workloads from data centers to the cloud.

Cloud capabilities have become a major component of IBM?EU?s business, along with the AI (artificial intelligence) and deep-learning services offered through its Watson unit. According to a study by IDC, cloud IT infrastructure spending is expected to reach $57.8 billion by 2020, accounting for 47.9 percent of the total spending on enterprise IT infrastructure.

Increasing Demand for Cloud Services

?EU?Demand for cloud continues to skyrocket and mobile applications are the driving force behind that demand within the enterprise,?EU? said Michael Gilfix, vice president of MobileFirst and Smarter Process at IBM, in a statement yesterday. ?EU?Uniquely designed for the cloud, the new IBM MobileFirst Foundation meets the need for speed and productivity in mobile application development without compromising security.?EU?

The new version of MobileFirst is designed to provide backend services for cloud deployments and front-end tools for mobile app development, IBM said, adding that it sees mobile development as a critical entry point as more enterprises migrate to the cloud.

MobileFirst?EU?s key features include flexible cloud deployment, better mobile security, live updates, mobile analytics, and multi-channel API creation and management, according to IBM.

Onsite, Cloud, and Hybrid Deployments

For example, the latest version will allow a developer to instantly provision a MobileFirst environment either in the cloud or onsite with a single click, as well as offer the dev a choice of front-end tools and frameworks to use. It also allows workloads to start on the IBM Cloud before...

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