IBM Launches Bluemix Container
March 21, 2017
on IBM Cloud, this service uses Kubernetes, an open-source container
orchestration system leveraging a Docker engine.
Delivered with a user-centric experience, IBM Bluemix Container Service
automatically provisions, updates and monitors the containers that
developers use to create apps, helping them to more easily build
cognitive innovations which weave in real-time security intelligence.
At the foundation of the developer movement towards microservices,
containers allow teams to rapidly iterate, deliver and operate on the
components of an app, without being bound to one underlying
infrastructure or cloud provider. These advantages have pushed
containers from a nascent app-building tool to one of the primary
methods with which developers now create apps. In 2020, Analyst Firm 451
Research’s Market Monitor predicts the market opportunity for containers
to exceed $2.6 billion.1
“Building microservices with containers helps developers to do what they
do best – invent – by creating and stitching together different services
that work in tandem,” said Jason McGee, IBM Fellow, VP, IBM Cloud. “Our
service does this in a simple, straightforward way by using Kubernetes
to automate critical parts of an app’s environment, while giving
developers the ability to build in cognitive intelligence, blockchain
and Internet of Things services.”
Security features built into the foundation of containers
Vulnerability Advisor, Bluemix’s tool for scanning and flagging security
issues within containers, is a critical component of IBM Bluemix
Container Service. With this launch, IBM has added a number of features
to provide developers with the ability to build security into the
foundation of container-based apps running in Kubernetes clusters.
This includes the ability to continuously monitor each container through
an integration with the IBM X-Force Exchange, a threat intelligence
sharing platform. This platform provides access to volumes of historical
and real-time threat data from across the globe – including instant
indicators of potential live attacks. Because this intelligence is
funneled directly into the new service, each container used is
continuously checked for potential malware, breaches or attack
The key capabilities of IBM Bluemix Container Service include:
Fully-managed and highly available
Kubernetes clusters to remove the burden of deploying,
scaling and managing containers when building apps.
Completely native Kubernetes APIs,
built on Bluemix, for a seamless environment when working
from different cloud infrastructures.
The choice to store and access data
across multiple platforms and repositories, without
Flexible isolation and capacity
controls to design a container cluster to fit specific
needs and budget constraints of an app.
Built-in security scanning
and integration into IBM’s X-Force Exchange, as well as
live-scanning and risk analysis capabilities for each container.
Automatic load balancing
within a container cluster to increase app performance.
A comprehensive view and analysis
of each container cluster’s performance metrics to identify
possible efficiencies and improvements.
An open, standardized platform
allowing for easy integration with open technologies and
easy portability of outside workloads.
Rapid access to cloud services
such as Watson APIs, blockchain, cloud data services,
Internet of Things tools and more.
Since the launch of Kubernetes in
2014, IBM has been a contributor to its development, which was built by
the open community. By pairing a Docker-powered engine with the simple
management capabilities of Kubernetes, Bluemix developers can access a
highly usable interface and dashboard to easily write code within a
container and quickly deploy it to multiple apps. This clear view also
enables developers to see where and when their code is running at any
given point in time.
Now available in beta, Bluemix Container Service expands IBM’s
commitment to and leadership in open technologies. As a contributor to
both Kubernetes and Docker projects for over three years, IBM has helped
to create and mature container technology. Bluemix itself is one of the
few major cloud platforms built on a container-native foundation, which
has enabled developers to build and ship code with containers since its
launch in 2014.
fantastic that IBM is progressing open technology by drawing on a major
community project – Kubernetes – as the foundation of its new container
service,” said Alexis Richardson, technical oversight committee chairman
of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Weaveworks CEO. “Using the
flexibility and control of both Kubernetes and Bluemix, we expect to see
a greater number of developers accessing and taking advantage of
cognitive services and Watson APIs to build apps.”
Since its launch, Bluemix has grown rapidly to become one of the largest
open public cloud deployments in the world. The cloud platform features
over 150 tools, APIs and services spanning categories of data analytics,
mobile, Watson, blockchain, security, Internet of Things and more.
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