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This writeup is a comprehensive insight into IBM Bluemix, IBM cloud. It will answer all your queries such as What is it? Why Bluemix? What is the difference between BlueMix & IBM cloud? Is IBM Cloud free? How does it work? Are there any big guns in the industry using the platform? & all the frequently asked questions on IBM Cloud.

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1. What is IBM BlueMix? What is IBM Cloud? Are They Same or Different Cloud Solutions?

IBM BlueMix now called IBM Cloud is IBM’s solution to all the public, private, hybrid cloud & multi-cloud requirements. The umbrella name for all the products & solutions is IBM Cloud. It is a PaaS Platform as a service & IaaS Infrastructure as a service solution.

Initially, IBM Cloud & BlueMix were separate platforms but IBM merged both to provide one single solution to all of our various cloud requirements.

Under IBM Cloud, IBM offers a gamut of services, be it several different databases, ranging from SQL to NoSQL solutions. AI, machine learning, visual recognition, natural language processing APIs. Concurrent, parallel processing APIs.

Services built specifically to serve heavy computational needs. Blockchain-based solutions. Different types of networks public, private, hybrid etc. An efficient infrastructure for the management of services, data & state of the art security acting as a shield for the entire cloud infrastructure.

Be it any of your cloud requirement. IBM Cloud has got you covered.


1.1 What is SoftLayer Cloud?

SoftLayer Technologies was a company that provided dedicated servers, managed hosting & cloud computing. It was acquired by IBM in 2013. IBM re-named SoftLayer to IBM BlueMix. Then further down the timeline, IBM merged BlueMix with IBM Cloud.


Let’s have a look into the products & services offered by IBM Cloud in a bit detail.


2. What Are the Products, Services & Solutions Offered by IBM Cloud?


Beginning with the high computing solutions, IBM Cloud offers right from the Bare metal servers, to cloud virtual servers, servers dedicated for mass storage of data. The cloud service also provides an infrastructure which is SAP Certified enabling us to deploy SAP applications on it.

IBM Cloud provides container registry to manage our docker images. Kubernetes service. Serverless platform FaaS Functions as a Service for running code based on Apache OpenWhisk, the open source platform for serverless architecture.

VMware solution facilitating migrating services running on-prem to IBM cloud. This is just a peek into the computational stuff which the IBM Cloud offers. Besides as it is inherent with every cloud solution we don’t have to worry about scalability & availability of our code.


Network Solutions

IBM Cloud provides high performant public, private, hybrid networks. The network services help us manage our networks with routers, firewalls, VPN tunnels & load balancers. Content delivery service helps reduce latency by notches. Secure data transfer between on-prem & IBM cloud platform.



IBM cloud offers data, object storage solutions ranging from SQL to NoSQL. File Storage facilitates storage of Big Data.

Cloudant is a NoSQL JSON document store for handling heavy load of concurrent reads & writes.

Compose is a database engine common to more than ten open source SQL & NoSQL databases.

JanusGraph is a scalable graph database optimized for storing & managing graph data.

Cloud supports popular databases such as MongoDB, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis, PostgreSQL, DB2, Etcd & Informix.


Analytics, Security, Management, Developer Tools

Analytics, security & app management is core to any cloud PaaS, IaaS, or a FaaS. IBM cloud provides solutions to run analytics, tracking events, running backend schedulers, monitoring, taking care of all the security needs.

IBM Bluemix cloud provides an analytics engine which is a clubbed Apache Spark & Hadoop service for running app analytics. It offers solutions to smoothly run analytics on a hybrid cloud environment.
Developers can also run analytics on streaming data such as text, video, audio, geospatial & sensor data.

Developer tools enable efficient deployment of code in minimum time, help carry out Continuous Integration, deployment, delivery processes. Command line interface tools enable the devs to interact with containers, infrastructure & services.


AI Machine Learning

IBM Watson is well renowned to be one of the best machine learning APIs in the industry. IBM stands tall in offering AI-based solutions be it virtual assistants, or text to speech, visual recognition, natural language processing. Getting personality insights, data refining, language translation, deep learning, training AI on data.


IoT & Mobile

With IBM Cloud we can run IoT backends on the cloud, manage run analytics on the data ingested from IoT devices. Developers can also leverage the IBM Weather API to get weather data into their apps.


3. Is IBM Cloud Free? Does It Have A Free Tier?

The good thing is IBM Cloud has a perpetual free tier. There is no time limit, we get 256 Mb of cloud foundry memory, service garbage collection & stuff. Visit the pricing page for further details.


4. What is The Use of IBM BlueMix Cloud? Real-World Use Cases

IBM cloud has been leveraged by Individual solo developers to big guns in the industry to scale their businesses online.

If you intend to run your app online, be it a multiplayer game, a chatbot, a Fintech app, healthcare, media or retail. IBM cloud has got your back.

IBM cloud services are used by big guns in the industry like American Airlines, UBank, Bitly, Eurobits, GameFly, Citi group.

UBank uses IBM cloud to build a loan virtual assistant. Bitly manages it billions of links through IBM data centres.

I’ve just named a few of so many startups & companies relying on IBM cloud to grow or expand their business.


5. How Does IBM Cloud Work? The Architecture

IBM Cloud is a PaaS Platform as a service & an IaaS Infrastructure as a service. Based on our business requirements, we can choose to deploy our code as a serverless function, as a cloud foundry app, as a Docker container on a Kubernetes cluster, as VMware, as a virtual machine, or a high performant bare metal server.

Our code can be integrated with the cloud even if it’s an existing codebase running on-prem or a brand-new application.

Below is the diagram which helps us understand how the IBM cloud works. Right from the start, whether you have an existing app or intend to write from scratch.

scaleyourapp.com ibm cloud architecture


Here is another diagram helps us understand how an app deployed on IBM Cloud interact with other services such as security, analytics, backend logic and stuff.

scaleyourapp.com ibm cloud app


Architecture Of A Monolithic app transitioned to microservices on IBM Cloud


scaleyourapp.com ibm microservices


If you wish to study more architectures of IBM cloud here you go.


6. BlueMix IBM Cloud Vs Google Cloud, Azure, AWS

To compare the differences between IBM Cloud & other popular cloud vendors in the market. Use a free to use tool made available online by a company called RightScale.


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Well, Guys!! This is pretty much it on IBM Cloud. What is BlueMix & SoftLayer? I believe this write-up gave you a clue on how IBM cloud works? If the platform fulfils your requirements & stuff?
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