So it acquired San Mateo, Calif.-based StrongLoop last week and opened IBM Bluemix, its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, to its developers. IBM also plans to incorporate "select cloud capabilities" from StrongLoop into the IBM IoT Foundation.
Now, IBM has made some fairly awe-inspiring investments — even for the tech space — in IoT. It announced an integration with ARM earlier this month, expanding its IoT Foundation. In March, it established a specialized IoT unit under its wider analytics business.
It's investing $3 billion in the unit and hiring 2,000 workers to build out the business. But that's nothing compared to the $10 billion IBM has invested in IoT and analytics to date according to a Strategy Analytics report, IBM Takes Aim at IoT With Multi Billions Investment, or the additional 6 percent it will be investing each year going forward.
Compared to those initiatives, the StrongLoop deal is a micro-move at best, at least in dollar terms whatever they might have been (terms of the deal were not disclosed). But a look under StrongLoop's hood is very telling about IBM's determination to rule the IoT roost — and its now increased chances of doing so.
Look Who's Using Node.js
Software developers in turn use it to build applications using APIs that can be used for mobile, web-based and IoT applications. For the IoT in particular, Node and the Node ecosystem has been viewed for some time as the up-and-coming platform for the necessary back-end APIs because of its speed and scalability.
Indeed, LinkedIn recognized its value years ago and used it to build its mobile server. Airbnb, Pinterest, MapBox and Vimeo also use Node.js, according to Who's Using It. Uber, Groupon and PayPal have also said they are using it.
"On Thanksgiving weekend, Wal-Mart servers processed 1.5 billion requests a day. Seventy percent of them were delivered through mobile, powered by Node.js. Node.js offers the ability to handle enormous volumes of traffic because of how Node.js works, Wal-Mart needed this advantage to meet mobile demand. Going forward we will see more mobile applications powered by Node.js."
In a later post, Nashawaty wrote that:
Adding IBM to the Mix
Now IBM and its enormous financial resources is part of the mix.
With IBM at its back, development will ramp up, convincing enterprises that Node is not only here to stay but well positioned for the IoT, writes CEO Juan Carlos Soto in a blog post.
"Together, IBM and StrongLoop will bring to market a stream of innovative Java and Node solutions that enable companies to build a new generation of microservices and APIs that are both scalable and secure. It is these services and APIs that are powering the mobile and IoT initiatives at every enterprise in the midst of a digital transformation."