IBM buys StrongLoop to strengthen Node.js expertise

Node.js is an open-source JavaScript programming language and IBM will use it in order to offer enterprises the ability to build apps with APIs capable of handling large amounts of data.

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IBM is once again bolstering its cloud portfolio with an acquisition, this time of the software startup StrongLoop. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based out of San Mateo, California, StongLoop is a provider enterprise Node.js capabilities, which are widely used in API development. The startup has also been a key contributor to the Node developer community.

Node.js is an open-source JavaScript programming language and IBM will use it in order to offer enterprises the ability to build apps with APIs capable of handling large amounts of data. The fast-growing development framework is also useful for connecting the back-end of APIs with other enterprise, IoT and web applications.

IBM said that starting today, Node.js developers can use its Bluemix platform-as-a-service offering, as well as tap into its data analytics and Watson platforms.

IBM was a founding sponsor of the Node Foundation when it launched earlier this year. Now with StrongLoop under its wing, IBM gets to add another layer to its software portfolio, which already includes MobileFirst DataPower, Worklight and WebSphere.

"Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients," said Marie Wieck, GM of Middleware for IBM Systems. "APIs are a critical ingredient."

It's not immediately clear what the acquisition will mean for StrongLoop employees, however the company's founders are promising continued, uninterrupted support for customers. StrongLoop CEO Juan Carlos Soto noted in a blog post that he remains committed to the open source and the overall Node ecosystem.

"With IBM resources we will now be able to amplify and accelerate in a way we could not have on our own," Soto wrote.