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.

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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.

Since launching Bluemix, IBM has engaged with more than 1 million developers across India, including thousands of startups, incubators and accelerators, via 15 hackathons run by IBM Cloud and Bluemix meet-ups held throughout the country. IBM has also created eight co-working spaces where IBM Cloud experts drive weekly office hours across Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, India, to mentor and guide developers from startups.

"In India, and across the world, Bluemix is getting tremendous response from the startup and developer communities due to its unique capabilities," Vivek Malhotra, director of cloud services for IBM India/South Asia, said in a statement. "Based on open source, Bluemix helps startups get a single development and management experience across any combination of public, dedicated and local Bluemix instances. Even if clients have existing infrastructure setups or APIs, they can securely connect those to Bluemix for a hybrid solution."

Several Indian startups have adopted Bluemix, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, to develop new applications. Yipeedo, a mobile-only platform for helping urban dwellers discover things to do in city, helps recommend activities based on a user's taste and preferences. Yipeedo is using Bluemix for its application development.

Wolken Software, a software development company, helps organizations improve productivity and processes through a broad range of business applications. Wolken Software built their TeamToq app on Bluemix. TeamToq is an enterprise-class app that enables secure, collaborative, device-agnostic conversations between people, enterprise apps and enterprise cloud apps.