In yet another successful attempt to build out its database portfolio, IBM has acquired California-based Compose, a privately held company that provides MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, and other database as a service (DBaaS) offerings aimed at web and mobile app developers.
Compose can run these databases on the cloud of customers’ choosing, including Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, and IBM’s SoftLayer. Ever since it was founded in 2011, Compose has raised $6.4 million in funding so far.
IBM is continually looking to catch up in the cloud infrastructure market. The deal comes a year and a half after IBM bought Cloudant, a startup that played in the same database as a service (DBaaS) market but supported a database based on open-source CouchDB.
Compose flexible model allows mobile and web developers to create their apps without having to worry about their database backends and also provisions the databases and then manages them for its customers.
Explaining the reason behind this acquisition, Derek Schoettle, the general manager of IBM Cloud Data Services said-
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. 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.
This acquisition won’t bring any change to the huge customer base of the Compose. The company claims to have about 3,600 companies that are currently using its services for their business operations.
IBM also revealed that Compose’s services will added to its Bluemix suite as Big Blue chases what it’s been told is a US$14bn cloud database opportunity. The program will be led by general manager Derek Schoettle, former CEO of Cloudant.