IBM on Tuesday launched OpenStack services designed to meld on premise and cloud computing resources as well as a data center in Mumbai.
The Mumbai cloud services launch comes on the heels of IBM's Cloud Center debut in Paris. IBM's Mumbai cloud delivery center is 31,000 square feet.
IBM said earlier this year that it would spend $1.2 billion to build out its global cloud footprint. IBM now has cloud centers in London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Toronto.
IBM's move comes as Amazon Web Services launched a data center in Germany. Microsoft has also expanded. The reason: Many countries have in-country data rules and U.S. cloud providers are building local facilities to meet data sovereignty requirements. About 100 countries have data sovereignty laws.
For Big Blue the cloud build out comes with a heavy dose of services and an army of 40,000 consultants positioned around the world.
IBM's OpenStack services include a 99.5 percent service level agreement, dedicated compute, storage and networking and a DevOps environment. IBM also rolled out an Object Storage service based on OpenStack.