Bluemix Updates: First Anniversary Celebration!

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we announced the general availability of Bluemix. But, in honor of our first anniversary, we’ve got some big news to share. The exciting updates that went live late last week include:

  • Official release of IBM Containers making it easier to deliver production applications across hybrid environments
  • Addition of service keys to facilitate connecting to services from outside of Bluemix
  • Usability improvements to the Bluemix UI’s header and dashboard
  • Enhancements to documentation.

Bluemix Updates: IBM Containers in Catalog

Bluemix Updates: Cinco de Mayo!

It’s been a couple months since my last Bluemix Updates blog. But, the team has kept working, and on the eve of Cinco de Mayo I thought it was time to share some great new features and functions that have recently gone live. These include:

  • Unveiling of a new and improved Pricing page.
  • Introduction of a Labs section in the Bluemix Catalog.
  • Overhauled Bluemix Docs, including the ability to leave inline feedback.
  • Improvements to SSL certificate support for custom domains.
  • Ability to communicate with live IBM representatives via text chat and video chat.
  • Addition of Korean to the list of translations for the Bluemix UI and the Bluemix Docs.
  • Enhancements to catalog services (e.g., API Management and IBM Insights for Twitter) and boilerplates (e.g., Node-RED).
  • Updates to IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix.
  • Miscellaneous usability improvements and fixed defects.

Bluemix Update: New Pricing Page

Bluemix Updates: IBM InterConnect 2015 (Small)!

I’m writing this edition of the blog from Las Vegas as IBM InterConnect 2015 enters its final day. It’s been a great week with lots of exciting news, and I can’t help but reflect how far we’ve come since Bluemix was first announced about a year ago at IBM Pulse. As Bluemix continues to mature and gain momentum, I’m excited to share details about the awesome Bluemix updates that went live in the UI this week:

  • Integration of Container and Virtual Machines as first-class citizens in the Dashboard.
  • Introduction of a Guided Experience section in the Dashboard to help you get started.
  • Addition of new zone pages for Open Architecture, Hybrid Cloud, Watson, and Internet of Things.
  • Updated landing/home page.
  • Ability to receive billing/usage notifications.
  • Capability to purchase third-party service plans.
  • Improvements to SSL certificate support for custom domains.
  • Miscellaneous usability improvements and squashed bugs.

Bluemix Updates: IBM InterConnect 2015

Bluemix Updates: IBM MobileFirst for iOS!

We’re following up some cool Bluemix updates near the end of 2014 with more exciting updates to kick off 2015. The latest refresh includes:

  • Integration of the IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS (beta) making it easier than ever to create high-powered iOS apps with Bluemix
  • Enhancements to the iOS Solutions page including getting started references and the ability to create samples
  • Ability to enable an existing Node.js app to serve as the backend for mobile clients
  • Addition of a brand new, simplified path for creating both web and mobile apps.

Bluemix Updates: IBM MobileFirst Services Starter

It’s definitely pretty cool to be watching an NFL playoff game between your home state Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos (not to mention Peyton Manning), then see a 30-second commercial for your product come on the screen. That was the case a little before 4:00 pm CST this afternoon when the new IBM Bluemix ad aired. And, more than just Bluemix as a whole being featured on TV — the Bluemix UI was also shown prominently!

Bluemix TV Ad Capture

That’s especially exciting for me because I’m the lead dev architect for the Bluemix UI and have been involved with it since we started the first prototypes two years ago. During that time, we’ve released the open beta last February, reached general availability at the end of June, and added a lot of awesome functionality over the rest of 2014. Along the way, there’s been lots and lots of IBMers (from both development and IBM Design) who have shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it all happen. Now, as we prepare for the upcoming IBM InterConnect 2015, it’s really gratifying to see these ads!

So, with that intro, I mainly wanted to share some of my favorite captures from the YouTube version of the video:

Bluemix YouTube: How to Build a Smarter App
How to Build a Smarter App (0:02)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog
Bluemix UI Banner and Catalog (0:11)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics
Bluemix UI Catalog for Business Analytics (0:13)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson
Bluemix UI Catalog for Watson (0:16)
Bluemix YouTube: Bluemix UI Dashboard
Bluemix UI Dashboard (0:20)
Bluemix YouTube: With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter
With IBM Bluemix Developers Can Work Better, Faster, Smarter (0:27)

And, finally, I wanted to share a link to the video itself: