Why I chose Bluemix over AWS and Azure
June 22, 2017

Why I chose Bluemix over AWS and Azure

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud PaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - PaaS)

I'm using Bluemix primarily as a means of centralizing data from multiple IoT devices. It solves the problem of providing a platform by which multiple multiple application components (e.g., database, authentication, etc). can be implemented quickly and with little time and money investment. This is an ideal setup for me because it requires minimal support for the infrastructure needed to host my end application.
  • Makes a number of integrated modules available seamlessly (e.g., mobile, database, authentication, etc.
  • The node js platform for hosting IoT components is extremely easy to use.
  • The node-red graphical wiring tool is makes it especially easy to integrate 3rd party services.
  • Excellent customer support.
  • More tutorials/education materials for Cloudant would be nice.
  • More flexible notifications for outages would be helpful.
  • More integrations to third party services within node-red would be useful.
  • Bluemix's PaaS saved hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars as a result of providing their applications in a turnkey manner vs. having to build my own technology stack.
  • Azure IoT Suite and AWS IoT
In comparison with AWS and Azure, I selected Bluemix as a result of two primary factors. The first is that IBM had better training materials, which allowed me to get up to speed more quickly than the other two. The second win for Bluemix was pricing. For my applications, I estimate the Bluemix solution was < half of what I would have paid for the other two platforms.
My uses of Bluemix centered around IoT applications. I found the platform powerful and flexible to support my use cases. The node-red graphical "wiring" environment made it especially easy to create custom applications that integrate with third party services. This is especially useful in the growing the IoT field. The other major benefit of the bluemix setup is the ease in which one can integrate IoT services with SaaS options such as the Cloudant database.

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