As the PROMO cloud coding competition nears, The Register and IBM introduced a new way for developers to create applications using a cloud based platform with Bluemix.

“For most developers it is a case of when not if they will need to develop, create, and deploy applications in the cloud. But how to get starting something – not such an easy task unless you have the technical know-how in-house,” said David Gordon of The Register.

“Also how do you manage this cost effectively or the potential to scale for success?”

Cue IBM Bluemix, a platform that the company says allows developers to “use a combination of the most prominent open-source computer technologies to power their apps.” Bluemix then comes in to finish off the job after the developers are satisfied with their work.

“In practice this means that you get to concentrate on developing cloud apps without needing to know how to install, configure or integrate them – that’s Bluemix’s job,” according to The Register.

“Because Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry, you can tap into various runtime frameworks – such as Node.js, PHP, Python Ruby – and services. On top of this, IBM supplies a bunch of DevOps and Middleware tools, accessed via dashboard for you to create, view, and manage your applications and services as well as monitor your application’s resource usage.”

Bluemix looks to be designed as a way to make the developers job a bit easier. Developers will be able to gain access to Bluemix by signing up for a free trial if they are interested.

Read more about Bluemix here.

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