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IBM StrongLoop to Get Node.Js Expertise and Boost Its Software

IBM Acquires StrongLoop to Get Node.Js

IBM is once again bolstering its software portfolio with a strategic acquisition, this time it’s the Node.js specialist StrongLoop. IBM has acquired StrongLoop, a startup that builds application development software for enterprises using open source JavaScript programming language Node.js. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed to the public.

The deal will help IBM in developing applications for developers. It will also help IBM compete better with the likes of Amazons, which has been offering Node.js development platform since 2013. With StrongLoop under its roof, IBM gets to add another layer to its software portfolio, which already includes MobileFirst and WebSphere.

Based in San Mateo, California, StrongLoop provides software tools for creating and managing API (application programming interface) for apps using the open source Node.js. StrongLoop is a key contributor to the Node developer community and IBM intends to use the acquisition to further its ties with the Node developer community. IBM is a founding sponsor and Platinum member of the Node Foundation, which IBM launched earlier this year.

Node.js is an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side web applications and IBM will use it in order to offer enterprises and developers the ability to build mobile and cloud-based apps with APIs capable of handling large amounts of data. Node.js is one of the fastest growing frameworks for developers, and currently used by big tech companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Yahoo, PayPal, Groupon and LinkedIn. Node.js is also useful for connecting the back-end of APIs with other enterprise applications, IoTs and web applications.

IBM Plans To Integrate StrongLoop

IBM plans to integrate StrongLoop with its WebSphere, as well as with its platform-as-a-service platform Bluemix. This in turn helps client bridge Java and Node.js development platforms. Through integration with IBM Bluemix, Java and Node.js developers will also gain access to many other IBM and third-party services including access to Mobile services, data analytics and IBM Watson.

IBM said that the main benefit of integrating a Node.js development framework is to meet and address the growing demand from enterprises and developer communities who are interested in building mobile and cloud apps equipped with APIs that can handle large amounts of data and also connect on the back-end with other enterprise applications.

Marie Wieck, General Manager, Middleware, IBM Systems, said in a statement: “Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients”, “APIs are a critical ingredient. By bringing together StrongLoop’s Node.js capabilities to rapidly create APIs with IBM’s leadership in Java and API Management on our cloud platform, we are unlocking the innovation potential of two vibrant development communities.”

Juan Carlos Soto, Chief Executive Officer, StrongLoop, said in a statement: “With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js’ formal entry into the mainstream enterprise”, “As leaders in the Node.js open community, we plan to further advance open, community-driven innovation coupled with global, enterprise class software and services offerings to grow client value in the API economy.”

Before the acquisition, StrongLoop has raised $9 million in funding from Shasta and Ignition Partners, including an $8 million funding round in 2013.


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