A fair take on IBM’s BlueMix

In his Weekly Update, Gigaom Research cloud curator David Linthicum has a fair perspective on last week’s BlueMix PaaS announcement from IBM.

The pre-release rollout, combined with a same-day announcement of IBM’s purchase of Cloudant, could be seen as IBM’s version of Mark Hurd’s claim for Oracle that, “We’re going to be the company there first with the best stuff,” as the lumbering industry giants stampede the cloud bandwagon.

But IBM’s offerings are clearly targeted at enterprise shops looking to ease the transition from traditional applications development and support to hybrid cloud, hybrid on-prem/cloud, and hybrid devops and open systems approaches.