IBM Cloud Takes India Startups by Storm
IBM announced that startups in India are tapping into the IBM Cloud, particularly the Bluemix platform-as-a-service technology.As has been the case in the United States and Europe, IBM announced that its IBM Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as well as platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings are gaining traction with startups in India. Indeed, IBM said several startup organizations across India have adopted IBM Cloud to develop applications and expand their businesses based on IBM's Bluemix PaaS technology. Bluemix offers a developer-friendly catalog of cloud services and tools to help developers create apps. Indian startups Yipeedo, WolkenSoft, KlickDoc and Opteamize Cloud Solutions Private Limited have selected IBM's Bluemix as the platform of choice to build their cloud applications. India is a major hotspot for developers and startups. A study by Evans Data Corp. indicates that, with 2.75 million developers, India is currently ranked as the country with the second-highest number of developers, behind the United States with 3.6 million.
However, by 2018, India will have 5.2 million developers, a nearly 90 percent increase, and is expected to surpass the United States. The presence of a strong developer community is fueling the startup environment in India. According to The National Association of Software and Services Companies' (NASSCOM) "Startup Report 2014," India has the world's third-largest and the fastest-growing startup ecosystem. The country has 3,100 startups, and nearly 800 are added every year. The number of startups in India is likely to grow to 11,500 by 2020.