Key elements of VMWare cloud vision being crafted in India

17th April 2014
Key elements of VMWare cloud vision being crafted in India
VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger and India Managing Director, T Srinivasan talking to the media in Bangalore, April 16 2014 ( Photo: Anand Parthasarathy / IndiaTechOnline)

Software-defined  data centres: Where  server virtualization  meets  the Cloud

Bangalore, April 17, 2014 –  Global virtualization and cloud  infrastructure leader, VMware  is to increase its investment in India by another half a billion dollars over the next three years.  It comes, just a year  after  the company announced  a multi-year investment of $120 million  which included  the construction  of  a  42,000 square metre  facility  in Bangalore.
Yesterday's announcement here,  by CEO Pat Gelsinger, would seem to indicate a key role for VMWare's India  workforce in helping to deliver the three elements of its  new virtualization vision: the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing.

"The country’s outstanding engineering talent continues to impress us, and we stay committed to investing and growing our team here over the long term", Gelsinger said.  He made specific mention of the Indian contribution to  flagship VMWare offerings like the NSX  network virtualization platform; the Horizon 6 end-user computing solution and  key elements of the back up Disaster Recovery-as-a-service  offering.

"A tectonic shift is taking place from  client-server-based computing to  mobile and cloud-based computing", Gelsinger added, "Yet 90 percent of enterprise   data  assets  continue to be located on-premise and only 10%  has shifted to the cloud.  We are helping to  stimulate a secular shift to the cloud by  offering the industry's first hybrid cloud solution  where data and assets can be seamlessly shifted on demand, from   own premises or private cloud to the public cloud."
Having pioneered the virtualization of  servers  in a pre-cloud era, VMWare is today  helping to virtualize  the network (NSX) as well as  storage ( Virtual SAN), even while providing industry-first solutions in the management of cloud automation ( vCloud Hybrid service), Gelsinger explained.
VMWare's India Managing Director,  T Srinivasan, added that the  company’s R&D and support operations in India ( in Bangalore and Pune) are second in size and scale only to those at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. In 2013, company headcount in India grew 17 percent to 2,300, while the recent acquisition of AirWatch the world's largest mobile security and enterprise mobility management provider,  has added additional employees in Bangalore.

If you have 25 minutes, we encourage you to look at a recording  we are putting up for a few days,  in our Tech Video spot on the home page, of Pat Gelsinger's keynote at Interop, Las Vegas on April 4, where he lays out  the contours of the Software-defined Data Centre.