IBM Further Expands Global Cloud Center Network; Launches OpenStack Services

By Ralph Rio

Company and Product News

IBM announced an expansion of its global cloud network with a new cloud center in Mumbai, India and a new suite of cloud services for OpenStack. The Mumbai center further expands IBM's global cloud footprint, which includes centers in London, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Toronto, and Dallas, and Raleigh, North Carolina opened this year, as well as the soon to be opened Paris cloud center, the latest in IBM's $1.2 billion investment in Cloud Centers in every major market worldwide.

The driving forces behind the adoption of cloud computing worldwide include requirements for businesses and governments to store certain data locally to comply with data residency regulations, as well as a growing desire for startups to expand their businesses globally. IBM estimates about 100 nations and territories have adopted laws that dictate how governments and private enterprises handle personal data.

In addition to the need for a global network of cloud centers to address growing client demands, companies also looking for a secure, dedicated and highly available environment that enables greater flexibility and an open cloud. To address this, IBM is also introducing the IBM Cloud OpenStack Services via the IBM Cloud marketplace. This 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.

The new Mumbai IBM Cloud Center is part of IBM's commitment to continue to grow IBM's Cloud presence around the world. This effort includes IBM's business consulting division, which features thousands of cloud experts with deep industry knowledge who are located around the globe to enable clients to move to cloud. These experts are dedicated to working face-to-face with clients to address all of their industry specific needs as they transform to the cloud era.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the new, 31,000 square foot Mumbai facility offers an array of solutions including proven cloud resiliency services. These services guarantee customers up times of 99.99 percent across any IT environment, including traditional IT, public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments. In the event of an outage, the center's support team can recover data in minutes to ensure that is has little to no impact on business operations while going virtually unseen by customers.

Keywords: Cloud Services, Data Residency Regulations, Personal Data, Interoperability, ARC Advisory Group.

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