IBM Acquires StrongLoop for Node.js Capabilities

Says integration of StrongLoop will help build scalable APIs, connect existing back-end processes with front-end mobile, Internet of Things, and web apps

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

September 11, 2015

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This article originally appeared at The WHIR

IBM announced this week that it has acquired application development software provider StrongLoop to integrate Node.js capabilities with its software portfolio. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

StrongLoop’s software enables developers to build applications using APIs (application programming interfaces). IBM said that the integration of StrongLoop will help clients and developers build scalable APIs and connect existing back-end processes with front-end mobile, Internet of Things and web apps.

“Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients,” Marie Wieck, general manager, Middleware, IBM Systems said. “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.”

In the announcement, IBM said that by combining StrongLoop’s services with IBM’s WebSphere and Java capabilities clients will be able to connect Java and Node.js development platforms more easily.

“With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js’ formal entry into the mainstream enterprise,” said Juan Carlos Soto, Chief Executive Officer, StrongLoop. “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.”

IBM will add select cloud capabilities from StrongLoop to its IBM IoT Foundation.

Global support for the StrongLoop platform will be available in the second half of 2016, including language translation support for Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Earlier this month, GoDaddy-owned Nodejitsu announced that its existing customers can transition their Node.js applications running on Nodejitsu to Modulus, an applications hosting PaaS company.

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About the Author(s)

Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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