RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – IBM is partnering with global tech firm Larsen & Toubro Infotech to create a “center of excellence” in Bengaluru, India, to support the offering of cloud solutions that include Red Hat OpenShift solutions.

IBM and Red Hat, which IBM acquired in 2019, are focusing on hybrid cloud solutions that mix public and private offerings in a market that executives see as a $1 trillion opportunity.

LTI (NSE: LTI) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have been partners for several years. LTI has some 32,000 employees worldwide.

IBM is planning to spin off its services-focused business groups this year.

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Under terms of the deal announced Thursday, IBM will offer training to LTI employees. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The center will open this year.

It “will offer a comprehensive suite of IBM’s Cloud, Automation, Integration, Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to foster innovation. IBM plans to provide training to LTI employees to facilitate creation workshops and IBM solution development for LTI clients,” the companies said.

Evaristus Mainsah, GM, IBM Hybrid Cloud and Edge Ecosystem noted in the announcement: “We look forward to expanding our collaboration with LTI to help customers across industries migrate and modernize their mission-critical workloads by leveraging IBM’s secured and open hybrid cloud solutions. LTI’s deep domain knowledge, coupled with IBM’s open hybrid cloud and Cloud Pak offerings powered by Red Hat OpenShift, can help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation.”