BBM Android, iOS e Windows, BlackBerry sposta i data center dal Canada alla piattaforma Google Cloud in Asia

BBM Android, iOS e Windows, BlackBerry sposta i data center dal Canada alla piattaforma Google Cloud in Asia

Se ne parlò già alla fine del 2016 quando diversi report affermavano come BlackBerry intendeva spostare i server BBM in Indonesia. All'epoca, le voci erano state fermate dalle dichiarazioni del COO Marty Beard anche se poco dopo fu annunciata una collaborazione con Creative Media Works per la promozione del BBM Messenger. In questo momento apprendiamo che BlackBerry ha deciso di spostare il traffico generato dal BBM Android, iOS e Windows dai server in Canada a questto in Asia che si appoggiano alla piattaforma Google Cloud.

Secondo il comunicato stampa, la mossa è fatta per "accomodare un notevole incremento del consumo di media da parte degli utenti globali e migliorare le prestazioni nei principali mercati". Questo per espandere il BBM ad una serie di categorie al di là della sua messaggistica originale. Attenzione che il passaggio alla piattaforma Google Cloud in Asia è solo per gli account BBM consumer di utilizzato di Android, iOS e Windows. Le versioni di BBM per BlackBerry 10, così come BBM Enterprise, non fanno parte della migrazione dei dati.

Di seguito il comunicato stampa completo:

Ottawa, ON – June 15, 2017 – Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, announced today that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to help them move their mission-critical IT infrastructure for Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Asia.
BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video, comics, shopping, travel, career and polls.

In order to accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets, BBM recognized that migrating its databases to the cloud was a business imperative. The company chose Google Cloud Platform as their cloud platform and enlisted Google to help them find a services provider that had experience with both on-premise data centers and Google Cloud Platform to migrate their complex IT infrastructure to the cloud as quickly as possible.

BBM also aligned with Pythian's delivery model. "We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian's remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

Pythian puts its full stack experience to work to go beyond traditional "lift-and-shift", architecting a cloud solution that will be automated and take full advantage of the agility and scalability of GCP's cloud services.
About BBM
On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:
  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing
Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit
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