IBM Further Expands Global Cloud Center Network; Launches OpenStack Services

New Facilities in Mumbai, Paris and Melbourne Bring Leading Cloud Services and Expertise to Businesses Around the World

MUMBAI, India - 28 Oct 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today 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, Dallas and Raleigh, NC opened this year alone 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.

“This new Mumbai center is IBM’s latest investment to create the most extensive global network of cloud facilities in the industry to help clients expand globally with cloud and tackle data sovereignty issues,” said Lingraju Sawkar, Director, Integrated Technology Services, Global Technology Services IBM India / SA. “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.”

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.

Clients around the world are using IBM Cloud centers spread across every major market to help them adopt cloud for growth and innovation.

· Daimler subsidiary moovel GmbH is using a cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company, for its car-sharing mobile application, cars2go to allow the company to better serve its customers around the world by helping them find the least expensive or fastest way to travel.

· Kona chose IBM Cloud over AWS, Microsoft and Rackspace -- and has deployed a new cloud-based application development service on cloud infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company to help it build dynamic mobile applications that link its customers’ back end systems of record with mobile systems of engagement and help them expand globally.

· Finzsoft's core and vertical banking applications, including its Sovereign application, turned to the IBM cloud to help the financial technology provider offer solutions-as-a-service to clients as the company expands in Australasia and across the Asia Pacific region.

With the addition of the new center in Mumbai to its global footprint, IBM adds new resiliency service capabilities for its clients.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM is the global leader in cloud with an unmatched portfolio of open cloud solutions to enable clients for the hybrid cloud era with integration, control over data and expertise. IBM Cloud has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing global network of data centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

For more information about the cloud offerings from IBM Resiliency Services, please visit: http://bit.ly/1cqLDOz

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