2015 was an important year for StrongLoop as we became an IBM company. We proudly built a stronger path for developers to rapidly build and deliver APIs for mobile, IoT and web apps! Read on to see how 2015 treated StrongLoop.
StrongLoop began 2015 having just launched StrongLoop Arc, which provided a powerful single UI for developers to use Node.js to design APIs, integrate them with new and legacy data and services, build and deploy highly scalable apps, and take advantage of DevOps features such as performance monitoring and profiling. It was a first for the industry, offering a complete and unmatched API solution.
In February the Node.js Foundation was announced as a way to help oversee the development of Node. IBM and StrongLoop were founding members, alongside The Linux Foundation, Joyent, PayPal, Microsoft Corp, and others. We were excited by this major milestone and result from our hard work to help accelerate the pace of innovation and strengthen the community and ecosystem around Node.js. We discussed how the foundation can help unify Node.js with io.js and result in a single Node in this blog post.
In March we introduced strong-pm to work alongside our Node dev ops capabilities to allow for a smooth build/deploy/run workflow right away.
April saw the launch of an eight-part Node.js webinar series in partnership with CA Technologies. We aimed the series at developers and promised an “overview on the fundamentals of Node.js and how it can be leveraged in the enterprise to create scalable APIs, apps and services.”
We also launched our opinionated, Node powered Publish-Subscribe module for mobile, IoT, and the browser, eliminating strict dependency on any transport mechanism or protocol. Read about it here.
April also included the announcement of our new version of the StrongLoop Process Manager, which offered enhanced remote and local run capabilities, Docker support, Nginx load balancing and enhanced security.
In June we released our latest Arc module, Tracing, a public Beta that enables root cause analysis and triage incidents in production.
The Node.js Foundation also officially launched in June. By this time StrongLoop had joined the foundation as a Silver member, and our CPO Issac Roth wrote about it. He felt the foundation would bring three certainties:
- Node.js is a community project with open transparent governance
- Node.js has an independent non-profit backed by the professionals at the Linux Foundation to care for its administration and long-term success
- Node.js has a thriving technical community, including participation by the members of the io.js community which formed in protest of the previous Node.js governance and have recently voted to merge efforts with Node.js and the Node Foundation
Our CEO, Juan Carlos Soto, also was very optimistic about the Node.js Foundation, making the following statement:
“With the Node.js and io.js communities coming together both organizationally and technically, Node.js developers will benefit from the open governance, transparency, and accelerated innovation. We see a very bright future ahead for Node.js use within enterprises of all sizes. By addressing community issues through the establishment of the Node.js Foundation, everyone in the ecosystem can return to focusing on advancing Node.js as the best technical choice for developing APIs.”
Users were excited about the launch of the StrongLoop API Gateway in August, and there continues to be tremendous interest in a different, light-weight, highly customizable approach to API gateways. It was built using the LoopBack framework and included a powerful policy engine for ease of use.
September saw the much-anticipated release of Node v4, and StrongLoop was on board to provide support right away. In our blog post we stated “StrongLoop is pleased to announce that, on the release day of Node v4.0.0, the first release from the converged Node.js and io.js projects under the Node.js Foundation, we are able to support customers on this major version.”
On September 10th, IBM announced it had acquired StrongLoop. The goal? “To help developers connect enterprise applications to mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications in the cloud.” Read more about these two companies coming together here.
The acquisition represented a major milestone for the Node community and the StrongLoop employees, partners and supporters. IBM’s move should dramatically increase the confidence by enterprises new to Node that the technology is not only used by other large enterprises, but is now also formally backed by one of the most respected companies in our business. The news of the acquisition has been well received across the board and had led to increased investment in Node.
We were also very proud to be part of the first annual Node Interactive conference in December, a vendor-neutral conference for Node.js organized by the Node.js Foundation. The conference was a hit, and quite a fitting way to wrap up StrongLoop’s best year yet! You can check out some of the hot topics in this blog post.
All in all, it was quite a busy and fulfilling year exceeding even our lofty expectations. We cannot wait to build on this tremendous year throughout 2016!