IBM opens cloud center in Mumbai, launches OpenStack services

IBM has opened a new cloud center in Mumbai, the 10th such center this year and the latest in IBM’s $1.2 billion investment in Cloud Centers in every major market worldwide.

The 31,000 square foot Mumbai facility offers an array of solutions including cloud resiliency services that guarantee customers up times of 99.99 percent across any IT environment, including traditional IT, public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments.

The company has cloud centers in London, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore,  Melbourne,  Toronto, Dallas and Raleigh, NC.

IBM  also launched IBM Cloud OpenStack Services via the IBM Cloud marketplace to enable the delivery of a secure, dedicated and highly available environment that enables greater flexibility and an open cloud.

The OpenStack services will enable greater interoperability between existing IT systems and off-premise cloud workloads and provide clients with the means to more easily deploy an OpenStack cloud, IBM said.

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ibm cloudThe cloud center expansion aligns with the company’s strategy to grow IBM’s Cloud presence around the world.  The global network of cloud facilities will help clients expand globally with cloud and tackle data sovereignty issues, company officials said.

Lingraju Sawkar, director, Integrated Technology Services, Global Technology Services IBM India / SA, said, “Through this new center, we are able to help usher businesses into the cloud era while delivering the levels of security that allow them to experience the benefits of this new environment and ensure they remain protected.”

IBM Cloud OpenStack Services provides clients with access to SoftLayer’s infrastructure, offering customers a secure, dedicated and highly available single-tenant environment that enables greater flexibility and an open cloud environment.

IBM Cloud OpenStack Services allows businesses and government agencies to select from a range of underlying hardware configuration options based on open standards and deploy services from IBM’s SoftLayer global data centers with a managed-services approach based on the needs of the workload.

IBM Cloud OpenStack Services is designed and built for DevOps environments to enable faster development, improved time-to-market and higher quality deployments.  It also provides software defined networking in a managed OpenStack service.

By deploying IBM Cloud OpenStack Services on SoftLayer’s global Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform, companies all over the world will now be able to more easily focus on core business needs and application development, IBM said.

In addition, IBM is also introducing Object Storage as a service on Bluemix – IBM’s open Cloud development platform. Taking advantage of the OpenStack Swift-based Object Storage provided by SoftLayer, developers have the means to use Bluemix to create applications and use Object Storage as a service to provide their object storage needs.

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