IBM Cloud Unveils New Features and Growing Momentum for Open Serverless Platform
Santander Group and others look to IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk to tap the benefits and flexibility of an open serverless platform
Dec 14, 2016
ARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced companies across a range of industries, including one of the world's top banks, Santander Group, are designing and testing new apps with Bluemix OpenWhisk, IBM's event-driven and open serverless computing platform. IBM is also releasing new OpenWhisk features designed to help developers rapidly debug code, more tightly integrate with third party tools, and adopt a broader range of programming languages.
IBM is expanding and tightening integrations with the growing ecosystem surrounding OpenWhisk, which offers an open, non-proprietary engine. By building OpenWhisk with open standards from the ground up and rooting its code in active developer communities, such as Apache, IBM aims to grow the range of capabilities developers can instantly access. An open serverless platform also provides freedom to choose where apps can run.
Available on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, OpenWhisk acts as an underlying force within apps, binding together relevant events and triggers, such as the uploading of an image or the clicking of a mouse. When triggered by such events, OpenWhisk automatically taps advanced cloud services as needed, such as cognitive intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and more. This design essentially renders traditional cloud infrastructure invisible, enabling developers to focus on writing code instead of configuring servers.
Global organizations and startups turning to OpenWhisk
Santander Group, one of the world's top banks by market capitalization with 12,500 branches in its 10 core markets throughout Europe and the Americas, has chosen a serverless model, and OpenWhisk in particular, to help speed and optimize its digital banking.
"Microservices and containers are changing the way we build apps, but because of serverless, we can take that transformation even further," said Luis Enriquez, Head of Platform Engineering and Architecture at Santander Group. "OpenWhisk provides the instant infrastructure we need for intense tasks and unexpected peaks in workload, and is a key building block as we move to a real-time and event-driven architecture."
SiteSpirit, a Netherlands-based software development firm, is one of the many startups using OpenWhisk. The company has already fully moved and deployed its MediaSpirit tool, which manages large amounts of data, onto the serverless platform. Combined with cloud data services on Bluemix, OpenWhisk has enabled SiteSpirit to begin moving its customers to serverless models, helping them to roll out advanced, cloud-based data analytics with minimal infrastructure concerns, optimized utilization, automatic scaling and flexible programming.
Other companies exploring OpenWhisk include:
"As an early adopter of serverless computing and OpenWhisk in particular, we've been able to architect our data ingestion pipeline with tremendous levels of speed and intelligence," said Michael Bishop, CTO of LogitBot. "OpenWhisk's on-demand model, combined with ease of access to cloud technologies, has allowed us to reliably and effortlessly scale."
OpenWhisk rolls out new features and tighter ecosystem integrations
Since the launch of OpenWhisk on Bluemix, IBM has continued to add new features for developers. With the general availability of OpenWhisk, these services include:
"Developers are turning to the cloud for efficiency, but they also want choice," said Bill Karpovich, general manager, IBM Cloud. "Since we've built OpenWhisk with open standards, it's able to not only help resolve many problems associated with server management, but also gives developers the flexibility to pull in outside tools and data and run code wherever they choose."
Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, has grown rapidly to become one of the largest open, public cloud deployments in the world. Based in open standards, it features over 150 advanced technologies and services, including cognitive computing, blockchain, Internet of Things, cloud data services, DevOps and security.
IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk is now generally available to all Bluemix pay-as-you-go users and subscribers.
For more information on IBM Cloud, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/.
For a webinar on OpenWhisk and how it can transform development, visit https://developer.ibm.com/tv/build-a-cloud-native-app-with-openwhisk-event-registration/.
For more information on the Apache OpenWhisk open source project, visit http://openwhisk.org/.
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