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BENGALURU: Tech major IBM has launched a Cloud Satellite to give wings to its hybrid cloud strategy in India. The cloud satellite is a unifying layer of cloud services, available across locations, offering businesses control on critical data delivered via IBM Cloud, regardless of where the data resides, the company said.

Clients can now deploy cloud services securely in a multi-cloud environment for both public and private cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. For instance, IBM Cloud Satellite will support satellite locations on Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Cloud.

“As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while enabling them to have the same levels of security, data privacy, interoperability and open standards found in hybrid cloud environments," the company said in a statement.

“With the launch of Cloud Satellite, we are giving clients in India, across telecommunication, financial services, government, healthcare, retail, and more, access to a consistent and secure set of cloud services, wherever their workload resides. Clients can now meet essential data requirements such as data sovereignty and privacy, delivered via the IBM Cloud," said Shailesh Agarwal, vice president, sales and industry business development, IBM India and South Asia.

To help scale up, IBM has partnered with Lumen Technologies as a key edge compute partner to integrate IBM Cloud Satellite for 180,000 enterprise locations. It is collaborating with over 65 ecosystem partners, such as Cisco, Dell Technologies and Intel, to build secure cloud services to help clients work in any environment via IBM Cloud Satellite.

In a separate announcement, IBM said it has achieved the empanelment of a full Cloud Service Provider from India’s ministry of electronics and IT. The empanelment will enable the Indian public sector, including government agencies and public sector undertakings across sectors, to tap into the IBM Cloud.

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