IBM Bluemix Review
June 22, 2017
IBM Bluemix Review
Score 7 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud PaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - PaaS)
We are currently evaluating the Bluemix stack to get more insights and to be able to identify relevant business cases. We are not yet using it as a production system, but only for test purposes. There are a lot of interesting services included, and we are also interested in offering our own services.
- Bluemix provides a rich bundle of services you can use.
- Bluemix is now integrated with some infrastructure components.
- Fast ongoing development for services/offers.
- Support sometimes does not respond to tickets in an appropriate timeframe (currently waiting over 7 days for a reply). Sales does not respond to emails.
- The user interface and the integration of SoftLayer is weird, and it's easy to get lost there.
- Evaluating a product is always time consuming
- Increased the speed for PoCs by using simple tools like NodeRed in a dramatic way.
- No need to order hardware anymore for smaller tests. It is very compact.
Cloud Foundry is an important part of the Bluemix stack. Unfortunately I do not get the overall concept for combining different parts, and how to monitor them. Searching for a bug is very difficult (but this is always difficult if you are in complex distributed systems). Some easy buildpacks do not exist (e.g. a simple java buildpack) - but you can provide your own.
The Watson services are the defining difference to other platforms. Getting them up and running is (thanks to the provided tutorials) relatively easy. You can even provide your own machine learning models with the help of the Watson Knowledge Studio. This is quite expensive, but offers you rich possibilities.
You can upload any arbitrary Docker image and run it in the provided cloud stack. Now there is even support for running Kubernetes clusters.
Using existing cognitive services is very easy. Getting things started for a PoC is also easy. More complex scenarios (like offering our own service in the catalog) is hard to achieve. I currently find it difficult to imagine operating a real production system in the cloud.