Cloud major IBM and Bharti Airtel announced to deploy Airtels edge computing platform in the country, which will include 120 network data centers across 20 cities.
Airtel edge computing platform backed by IBM Cloud Satellite will power Maruti Suzuki’s initiatives to streamline plant productivity and quality operations.
“As India gears up to experience 5G, we see a massive opportunity to help businesses across industries transform how they deliver goods and services,” said Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO-Enterprise, Airtel Business.
“We have the largest network of edge data centers available in India under the Nxtra brand and we will leverage our work with IBM to help Indian businesses address their critical business needs with greater efficiency.”
Once deployed, the platform is designed to enable large enterprises across multiple industries including manufacturing and automotive to accelerate innovative solutions that deliver new value to their clients and operations — securely at the edge.
Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform, said teaming with Airtel to bring IBM’s cloud offerings to their Indian multi-access edge compute customers.
Airtel’s edge computing platform, deployed as a hybrid environment, is based on IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat OpenShift.
“We are excited to work with Airtel Business and IBM to set an even higher benchmark and explore the vast possibilities of deploying AI and analytics at the edge to augment the expertise of our workforce,” said Rajesh Uppal, Senior Executive Director, HR and IT, Maruti Suzuki.