VMware to invest $500 mn in India by 2017

BANGALORE: VMware, virtualization and cloud infrastructure provider, has set up its new facility in Bangalore, entailing a total investment of $120 million, and said that it will invest $500 million in India by 2017.

The company’s 438,000 square foot Bangalore facility will play a strategic role in VMware’s global growth strategy for the mobile cloud era.

The new campus features a world-class Executive Briefing Center (EBC) to showcase VMware’s entire portfolio of solutions, providing customers and partners across Asia Pacific with the opportunity to see the company’s products and services in action, and discuss them face to face with executives and engineers.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said: “Today, India represents a substantial element of our global R+D operations in the US, and continues to play an important role in our global growth strategy. Our continued support of the India government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative illustrates the important role this nation plays in the company’s long-term strategic global growth plans.”

He added: “India may be perceived as a late adopter of new technologies, but we are seeing rapid transformation here. Customers here are enthusiastically adopting our advanced cloud infrastructure and end-user computing technologies. Our customers are transitioning to a new model of IT that is fluid, instant and secure.”

With a growing preference for smartphone devices amongst end users in India, VMware is also witnessing a strong interest and success for AirWatch, an enterprise mobility management and content management solution.

VMware’s R&D team in India plays a critical role in product development in VMware’s strategic imperatives – the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing, the release said.

Gelsinger said: “Innovation is central to our success, and our R&D teams in India have expanded rapidly in scale and capability to make a significant contribution to our global track record for innovation. This continues to be an important investment area, and we plan to grow the R&D team by 20% this year to build on our success so far, and also contribute to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.”

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