IBM Acquires Compose to Expand Cloud Data Services

By Ken Briodagh July 30, 2015

IBM has made a move on the cloud service space with the recent acquisition of San Mateo, California-based Compose, 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 acquisition indicates IBM’s continuing commitment to accelerating developer productivity and innovation around open source and cloud data services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The cloud database market is projected to be worth $14 billion by 2019, and open source databases like MongoDB are a rapidly growing segment of this sector. Driving this popularity among developers is the ability to make Web and mobile applications easy to build and grow, without the complications of building customized back-end database and systems administration functions. Thousands of clients across a variety of industries, including retail, IoT, higher education, marketing services and ecommerce have created over 100,000 databases with Compose.

“Compose's breadth of database offerings will expand IBM's Bluemix platform for the many app developers seeking production-ready databases built on open source,” said Derek Schoettle, General Manager, IBM Cloud Data Services. “Compose furthers IBM's commitment to ensuring developers have access to the right tools for the job by offering the broadest set of DBaaS service and the flexibility of hybrid cloud deployment.”

IBM's Cloud Data Services offerings are integrated services for developers that run on the secure, high-performance IBM Cloud platform Bluemix, with DevOps support teams. Compose provides IBM with an enhanced framework to deliver production-ready cloud database services for developers.

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“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, 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.”

In addition to providing monitoring and management by DBaaS DevOps experts, Compose features “containerized” DBaaS platform technology, auto-scaling with predictable performance, built-in redundancy, backup, failover for uninterrupted DBaaS service and application uptime, add-ons like 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.

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