Acquisition highlights IBM’s enterprise drive.
StrongLoop’s Node.js capabilities will be integrated into IBM’s software portfolio, enabling developers to rapidly build and deliver application programming interfaces (APIs) for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications in the cloud.
Node.js developers can now use IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service offering, as well as tap into its data analytics and Watson platforms.
Developers will also benefit from IBM Cloud and developer experts who offer technical assistance on creating, managing and monetising APIs using StrongLoop at IBM Bluemix Garages.
IBM will incorporate select cloud capabilities from the acquisition into the IBM IoT Foundation, along with security and analytics to offer enterprises access to a new IoT platform for deriving insight from sensor-driven data.
The company aims to offer global support for the StrongLoop platform by the second half of next year, with the addition of language translation support for Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
IBM Systems general manager for middleware Marie Wieck said: "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."
StrongLoop maintains more than 160 modules for the Node community within Node Package Manager.
StrongLoop CEO Juan Carlos Soto said: "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."