What can you Build using your Bluemix Cloud platform trial

This post helps you understand Bluemix Cloud platform and what you can develop using Bluemix trial account. If you are new to Bluemix and want to learn what it offers via a self-paced free course here’s the link.

After my post on how to transform your idea to an application in minutes using IBM Bluemix. I received a request for a walkthrough on how a trail user of Bluemix can leverage the cloud platform to build production-ready apps.


What is Bluemix?

IBM® Bluemix® is IBM’s innovative cloud computing platform that combines platform as a service (PaaS) with infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Additionally, Bluemix has a rich catalog of cloud services that can be easily integrated with PaaS and IaaS to build business applications rapidly.

Bluemix has cloud deployments that fit your needs whether you are a small business that plans to scale, or a large enterprise that requires additional isolation. You can develop in a cloud without borders, where you can connect your private services to the public Bluemix services available from IBM. You and your team can access the apps, services, and infrastructure in Bluemix and use existing data, systems, processes, PaaS tools, and IaaS tools. Developers can tap into the rapidly growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks to build applications using polyglot programming approaches.

Check here to know more in depth information on How Bluemix is built.

Just as a primer, here’s figure showing the high-level Bluemix Cloud Foundry architecture.

Bluemix Cloud Foundry

Bluemix prerequisites

The prerequisites for using the Bluemix platform are limited, but we do have a few.


The following list specifies the minimum required browser software for Bluemix:

  • Chrome: latest version for your operating system
  • Firefox: latest version for your operating system and ESR 45
  • Internet Explorer: version 11
  • Safari: latest version for Mac

Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry command line interface, Version 6.5.1 or later

Here’s a video showcasing

  1. How to navigate through the Bluemix console?
  2. What all Bluemix offers to build an application
  3. A simple intro to ToolChain (CI and CD) via a NodeJS app.
  4. Introduction to Bluemix Mobile services and how to integrate Mobile Analytics into an existing mobile app.

Happy Coding!!!

Polyglot & Pragmatic Programmer • Developer Advocate, IBM Cloud • Intel software Innovator • DZone MVB
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