VMware bets big on Indian R&D; team set to grow by 20% this year

VMware’s expanding operations in India are second in size only to those at the company’s Palo Alto headquarters in the U.S

VMware recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art campus in Bangalore, representing a total investment of $120 million. The new 438,000 square foot facility in South Bangalore will play a strategic role in VMware’s global growth strategy for the mobile cloud era. This milestone is in line with the company’s commitment to invest $500 million in India by 2017.

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.

Speaking at the new campus, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said: “Today, India represents a substantial element of our global R+D operations in the U.S., 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, the industry leading enterprise mobility management and content management solution. AirWatch by VMware was recognized by Gartner as a leader in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management.

Since inception a decade ago, VMware India has grown to become a strategic contributor to the company’s global innovation engine. The R&D team in India plays a critical role in product development in all of VMware’s strategic imperatives – the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing.

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.”

R&D, Global Support Services, World Wide Customer Operations, IT and Sales & Marketing departments come together under one roof in an environment conducive to collaboration and innovation. VMware’s expanding operations in India are second in size only to those at the company’s Palo Alto headquarters in the U.S.

According to “Empowering Organizations in a Software Defined World”[“Empowering Organizations in a Software Defined World”, sponsored by VMware (#AP14993X), IDC, October 2014, Simon Piff, Jun-Fwu Chin Avneesh Saxena.] – an IDC report commissioned by VMware – customers in India are expected to save an estimated $4 billion between 2014 and 2020 by adopting a software-defined approach to managing IT. The corresponding figure for Asia Pacific and Japan is $92.4 billion. These figures reflect costs normally associated with servers, power consumption, cooling, real estate and server administration.

Today, VMware employs over 3,300 employees in India, a figure expected to grow by more than 16 percent by the end of 2015.

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