IBM launches Bluemix Local, aims to bridge public, private clouds with data center

Bluemix Local enables developers to write apps once and run across multiple platforms.

IBM on Thursday launched a platform to build apps that work across public and private clouds as well as on-premise data centers via a service called Bluemix Local.

In a nutshell, Bluemix Local enables developers to write apps once and run across multiple platforms. The service is enabled by a technology called Relay that rings together data and services across multiple environments.

For IBM, Bluemix Local is another effort to cater to hybrid cloud deployments, which are the norm for enterprises. Bluemix Local sits behind an enterprise's firewall and uses the app development backbone found in its Bluemix platform as a service. As a result, enterprises are able to connect data and application programming interfaces in one spot.

According to IBM, Bluemix Local will be handy to use in regulated industries that face a bevy security and data handling requirements.

Bluemix Local includes the following:

  • Relay, a technology created by IBM to ensure all cloud apps and environments are current.
  • A catalog of more than 100 services that can be used to extend apps and services as well as application programming interfaces.
  • A console used to manage a cloud environments that are public and private as well as on-premise infrastructure.
  • Data syncing across IBM's cloud data centers around the world.