Enterprise IT vendor IBM has opened its first public cloud data center in India.
Located in Chennai, the new IBM Cloud data center offers increased performance and speed for data traveling to and from the region.
IBM said the Chennai data center is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint into every major financial market.
Recently, Microsoft announced its cloud data centers in Maharashtra and Chennai.
The Chennai data center joins IBM’s Mumbai cloud center and is part of an expansive network of data centers that blanket the globe, providing users with the performance and disaster recovery solutions needed to ensure business continuity.
“Tata Sky’s transition to IBM Cloud infrastructure has helped our business become more agile and reduce latency seen in day-to-day processes,” said N Ravishanker, CIO of Tata Sky.
Meanwhile, IBM is launching two initiatives for developers — developerWorks Premium and a cloud certification program — to enable developers with the right tools and skills to compete and innovate in the global marketplace.
IBM is working with strategic enterprise IT leaders like Accenture, Tech Mahindra and CSC to extend the use of IBM Cloud technologies, including IBM Bluemix, to developer communities in India and around the world.
With 2.75 million developers, India currently has the second-largest developer population. By 2018, that number will grow by nearly 90 percent to 5.2 million, surpassing the United States with the most developers, according to a study by Evans Data Corp.
IBM is partnering with NASSCOM to create Techstartup.in, a hub for the entire Indian ecosystem to network, stimulate local innovation and grow the economy. Techstartup.in will provide 10,000 startups with a level playing field in India to develop new ideas and technologies.