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IBM Expands Bluemix OpenWhisk to Help Developers Quickly Connect Data to Serverless Apps

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by Angela Guess

According to a recent press release, “IBM today announced it has added new capabilities to Bluemix OpenWhisk, one of the leading open serverless computing platforms, to help developers more simply and securely connect event-driven programming into outside data streams. This expansion of OpenWhisk allows developers to expose serverless actions as secure and controlled APIs on the cloud, making it easier and quicker to build IoT and cognitive solutions. This is enabled by a new API Gateway on Bluemix OpenWhisk, which acts as gatekeeper between an external source – such as an uploaded image – and a corresponding OpenWhisk action – such as Watson Visual Recognition tagging that image.”

The release goes on, “Traditionally, developers that use serverless often must configure and secure external endpoints manually. The latest evolution of IBM’s serverless offering does this for developers automatically, helping them to more easily embed cognitive intelligence, cloud data services, and IoT sensor data within apps.  OpenWhisk’s expanded user experience also tracks and analyzes usage data for each serverless action invoked, helping teams to better understand when and why different cloud services are used. These advancements point to IBM’s continued commitment to providing choice and flexibility to developers around how they pull in the outside tools and data they need to create apps.”

Jason McGee, VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform, commented, “We’ve been steadily building OpenWhisk to give developers a truly open serverless platform, which increases their ability to build and use transformative services such as cognitive and IoT… Today’s news further readies OpenWhisk for the enterprise, making it easier to use more securely and in concert with outside code, data and systems.”

Read more at IBM.com.

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