An Introduction to the IBM Cloud

About this video

In this video, I take you through the IBM Cloud interface and show you how to build and deploy a web application. If you follow along, roughly 10 minutes from now you’ll have an application that your friends and relations around the world can see. Behind that application will be a code repository, a continuous delivery pipeline, and a cloud-based NoSQL database. And you’ll build all of those things without writing a single line of code.

The IBM Cloud’s platform as a service (formerly known as Bluemix) lets you quickly create, deploy, and manage your applications in the cloud. You don’t have to deal with any of the underlying infrastructure. You don’t have to deal with hosting and managing your cloud-based applications. And you can use the tools and languages of your choice. Plus, the IBM Cloud comes with an extensive catalog of services from IBM and third parties that you can use in your applications.

The IBM Cloud lets you focus on writing great code, not on installing and configuring infrastructure.

To get started, create a free, non-expiring IBM Cloud Lite account and you’ll be able to do everything that I show in this demo. We’ll go through three steps:

  1. Create and deploy a web application using the Node.js SDK
  2. Add a continuous delivery toolchain to the application
  3. Add a NoSQL database to the application

This video sets the stage for other videos published on IBM Developer that build more sophisticated versions of the app:

  • A Cloud Foundry application that runs in the IBM Cloud (and locally on your machine, if you like)
  • A Docker container that runs in a Kubernetes cluster using the IBM Container Service
  • A Node.js application that uses a microservice hosted on the IBM Cloud Functions serverless computing platform

More IBM Cloud resources

Ready to take a deeper dive? Check out the IBM Cloud Essentials course, which explores the fundamentals of cloud computing, the IBM Cloud platform, services, and Cloud Foundry applications.

For a steady stream of tutorials and other technical resources to help you learn, develop, and connect with the IBM Cloud, see the IBM Cloud articles and tutorials on IBM Developer.


The author would like to thank David Barnes, who created the original version of this video in October 2015.