IBM Buys Database-as-a-Servcice Startup Compose

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IBM Acquires Compose to Expand Cloud Data Services.

The first is developerWorks Open which, apart from playing havoc with our spellchecker, is a collaborative platform designed to give developers access to high-potential open source projects and resources.ARMONK, N.Y., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced the acquisition of San Mateo, CA-based Compose, Inc., a privately held company that provides MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and other database as a service (DBaaS) offerings targeted at web and mobile app developers. The idea is to help ‘cut the crap’ for devs looking for technologies in which to invest their time and resources in order to solve business challenges. And IBM spokesperson tells us that Compose, which has offices in San Mateo, California and Birmingham, Alabama, will continue to operate as usual after the acquisition closes and that current users will not be impacted by this change.

The company has also announced support for a range of initiatives to encourage women in the tech sector, including computer camps through the Girls Who Code initiative, and the ReBoot Accelerator designed to get women up to speed if they are returning to the sector after a time away. Compose says about 3,600 companies currently use its services and that its users, which span industries ranging from retail to IoT and marketing services, have spun up over 100,000 databases so far. Finally, the firm is partnering with 200 academic institutions across the UK and the world to integrate Bluemix into courses from computer science to entrepreneurship, which it expects will reach 300,000 students in the first year. The cloud database arena is projected to be worth $14 billion by 2019, and open source databases like MongoDB are a significant part —and rapidly growing portion —of this sector.

While Compose started out as a MongoDB database specialist, the company now offers services around MongoDB, Elasticsearch, RethinkDB, Redis and PostgreSQL. The availability of fully managed options is a differentiator compared to Amazon Web Services, he said. “When you fire up Amazon RDS, you’re on your own,” he noted. That may be true, but there are certainly tons of developers that do, in fact fire up Amazon’s Relational Data Service (which comes in several flavors including Postgres, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server and Amazon’s own MySQL look-alike Aurora.) But back to Cloudant and Compose. Cloudant customers tend to be bigger customers with large and complex applications, Schoettle said. “They’re are companies like Samsung who are running 300 nodes, have a high SLA, and are running across Europe and Asia while Compose is more for lightweight applications, developers can try it and then we provide a path to production as they grow.” IBM IBM 0.86% is at an interesting juncture.

This deal, following CenturyLink’s acquisition of Orchestrate a few months ago, is further proof of the appeal of cloud-hosted versions of open-source databases. Other projects include some from the MobileFirst initiative with Apple, including IBM’s Ready App for healthcare, retail, insurance and banking, allowing mobile tech and the Internet of Things to gain extra traction in these sectors. “IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud,” said Dr Angel Diaz, IBM’s vice president of cloud architecture and technology. “With developerWorks Open, we are open sourcing additional IBM innovations that we feel have the potential to grow the community and ecosystem and eventually become established technologies.” Other analytics packages getting the treatment include Activity Streams, a package for creating a user-to-machine, machine-to-machine and user-to-user projected ecosystem. IBM’s containerized data services approach will further drive the introduction of new Cloud Data Services offerings. “By joining IBM, we will have an opportunity to accelerate the development of our database platform and offer even more services and support to developer teams,” said Kurt Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Compose. “As developers, we know how hard it can be to manage databases at scale, which is exactly why we built Compose –to take that burden off of our customers and allow them to get back to the engineering they love.” Companies are eager to leverage new managed database technologies, but are not always equipped to dedicate the budget and resources necessary to acquire database administration expertise. Deploying and maintaining databases takes expertise and work, and it looks like clearer than ever that cloud providers believe they can efficiently operate these databases on behalf of their customers in their ever larger portfolios of services.

Finally, the Agentless System Crawler offers a unified cloud monitoring and analytics framework that enables visibility into all types of cloud platforms and runtimes. µ It remains huge in large companies with its legacy hardware and software, but many of those same companies see Amazon AMZN 16.57% Web Services as the leader in public cloud computing—a perception that prompted IBM to buy SoftLayer two years ago for $2 billion. Now it’s pushing hard not only to retain those enterprise accounts but to also woo new startup companies that wouldn’t know a mainframe (or DB2 or WebSphere or Tivoli software) if they tripped over it. Valuable add-ons including Compose Transporter, which helps developers move data between services like MongoDB and Elasticsearch for easier application development and to provide a better end-user experience.

In addition to this latest announcement, and the announcement to make the company’s container technology available through Docker last month, IBM serves as a founding member of The Cloud Foundry and OpenStack Foundations, a platinum sponsor of the Node.js Foundation and a sponsor of the Open Container Project. About Compose Founded in 2010, Compose offers auto-scaling, production-ready databases to help software development teams deploy data services quickly and easily. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

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