IBM Launches Bluemix Container Service with Kubernetes
March 20, 2017

IBM announced a new container service on Bluemix, its cloud platform, to fuel the speed and simplicity at which developers can build and manage more secure and cognitive apps.

Available on IBM Cloud, this service uses Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system leveraging a Docker engine.

Delivered with a user-centric experience, IBM Bluemix Container Service automatically provisions, updates and monitors the containers that developers use to create apps, helping them to more easily build cognitive innovations which weave in real-time security intelligence.

“Building microservices with containers helps developers to do what they do best – invent – by creating and stitching together different services that work in tandem,” said Jason McGee, IBM Fellow, VP, IBM Cloud. “Our service does this in a simple, straightforward way by using Kubernetes to automate critical parts of an app’s environment, while giving developers the ability to build in cognitive intelligence, blockchain and Internet of Things services.”

Vulnerability Advisor, Bluemix’s tool for scanning and flagging security issues within containers, is a critical component of IBM Bluemix Container Service. With this launch, IBM has added a number of features to provide developers with the ability to build security into the foundation of container-based apps running in Kubernetes clusters.

This includes the ability to continuously monitor each container through an integration with the IBM X-Force Exchange, a threat intelligence sharing platform. This platform provides access to volumes of historical and real-time threat data from across the globe – including instant indicators of potential live attacks. Because this intelligence is funneled directly into the new service, each container used is continuously checked for potential malware, breaches or attack vulnerabilities.

The key capabilities of IBM Bluemix Container Service include:

- Fully-managed and highly available Kubernetes clusters to remove the burden of deploying, scaling and managing containers when building apps.

- Completely native Kubernetes APIs, built on Bluemix, for a seamless environment when working from different cloud infrastructures.

- The choice to store and access data across multiple platforms and repositories, without impacting security.

- Flexible isolation and capacity controls to design a container cluster to fit specific needs and budget constraints of an app.

- Built-in security scanning and integration into IBM’s X-Force Exchange, as well as live-scanning and risk analysis capabilities for each container.

- Automatic load balancing within a container cluster to increase app performance.

- A comprehensive view and analysis of each container cluster’s performance metrics to identify possible efficiencies and improvements.

- An open, standardized platform allowing for easy integration with open technologies and easy portability of outside workloads.

- Rapid access to cloud services such as Watson APIs, blockchain, cloud data services, Internet of Things tools and more.

Since the launch of Kubernetes in 2014, IBM has been a contributor to its development, which was built by the open community. By pairing a Docker-powered engine with the simple management capabilities of Kubernetes, Bluemix developers can access a highly usable interface and dashboard to easily write code within a container and quickly deploy it to multiple apps. This clear view also enables developers to see where and when their code is running at any given point in time.

Now available in beta, Bluemix Container Service expands IBM’s commitment to and leadership in open technologies. As a contributor to both Kubernetes and Docker projects for over three years, IBM has helped to create and mature container technology. Bluemix itself is one of the few major cloud platforms built on a container-native foundation, which has enabled developers to build and ship code with containers since its launch in 2014.

Share this

Industry News

February 20, 2020

The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), the premier public-private partnership dedicated to advancing government through the application of information technology, officially announced the release of the DevOps Primer.

It was produced through a collaborative, volunteer effort by a working group from government and industry, hosted by the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest (COI).

February 20, 2020

DLT Solutions, a subsidiary of Tech Data, launched the Secure Software Factory (SSF), a framework that provides the U.S. public sector with consistent development and deployment of high-quality, scalable, resilient and secure software throughout an application’s lifecycle.

February 20, 2020

Netography announced the general availability of the company’s Security Operations Platform.

February 19, 2020

Perfecto by Perforce announced its integration with Katalon Studio.

February 19, 2020

Radware announced the Alteon Cloud Control as part of its Alteon Multi-Cloud Solution designed to simplify the deployment of secured application delivery services across public and private cloud environments.

February 19, 2020

BluBracket introduced its product suite, a comprehensive security solution for code in the enterprise.

February 18, 2020

Electric Cloud announced its ElectricFlow Winter 2019 Release. The platform now provides persona-based UI enhancements, new pipeline and release automation options, and new service catalog updates to streamline workflow and simplify onboarding to help companies start fast and adapt quickly.

February 18, 2020

SMA Technologies announced OpCon 19.1, the latest version of its workload automation platform.

February 18, 2020

Typemock announced the launch of its Isolator for Build Server Complete.

February 13, 2020

CyberArk announced the CyberArk Blueprint for Privileged Access Management Success, designed to help customers take a future-proof, phased and measurable approach to reducing privilege-related risk.

February 13, 2020

Cloudentity announced a partnership with Signal Sciences to provide a holistic approach for enterprise companies looking to secure their web applications and APIs.

February 13, 2020

OutSystems announced that the Portuguese government has agreed to co-finance €5.1 million through the Portugal 2020 economic development program for a pair of innovative research and development programs led by OutSystems.

February 12, 2020

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) launched Jile 4.0, a major release of its on-the-cloud enterprise Agile DevOps platform that enables software teams to manage, automate and measure the end-to-end software delivery value stream from ideation to deployment.

February 12, 2020

Synopsys announced that on Feb. 18 it will release a major update to the Polaris Software Integrity Platform to extend its static application security testing (SAST) and software composition analysis (SCA) capabilities to the developer's desktop through the native integration of the Code Sight IDE plugin.

February 12, 2020

Tufin announced the availability of Tufin SecureCloud, a security policy automation service for enterprises needing to gain visibility and control of the security posture of their cloud-native and hybrid cloud environments.