Big Blue has opened a cloud data centre in Chennai, India, as part of its plan to have cloud in every major financial market. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and IBM already has a data centre there.
The company said the move is part of $1.2 billion it’s spending on IBM Cloud worldwide.
And, as part of its commitment to the Indian startup market, IBM has struck a partnership with NASSCOM (the National Association of Software and Services Companies) and has created Techstartup.in – a place, where it says angels, mentors, investors, academics and venture capitalists will cooperate to create a bigger cloud market.
IBM has also introduced two developer initiatives – developerWorks Premium and a cloud certification programme. It is cooperating with Accenture, Tech Mahindra and CSC to encourage Indian developers to extend IBM Cloud tech, such as IBM Bluemix.
Robert LeBlanc, a senior VP of IBM Cloud, said that the Indian cloud market is set to grow exponentially.
He said that it will work with NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups programme to give local developers and engineers the skills they need to help grow the market.
The Chennai data centre will offer Softlayer infrastructure services.India has 2.75 million developers, making it the world the second largest developer population and it will outstrip the USA by 90 percent, according to research firm Evans Data Corp.