The new 15-acre Global Center of Excellence of NetApp in Whitefield, Bangalore to focus key skills across startup ecosystem and rejig company’s Data Fabric strategy
NetApp announces opening of its Global Center of Excellence in Bengaluru, India aimed to foster innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.
Spreading across in the technology hub of Whitefield, the new 15-acre campus is known to comprise the largest research and development (R&D) teams.
It will also house the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity that will help nurture technology startups.
The new building forges the first all-steel buildings in India and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design.
The facility was inaugurated by Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka and also congregated many government and civic officials including NetApp employees and senior company leaders from around the globe.
Inaugurating the facility, Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka said, “Bengaluru is the technology, science, and knowledge capital of India and this is a matter of great pride for all of Karnataka. The State Government offers its complete support to technology companies in establishing their centers here. I am very happy that NetApp has invested in a great future with their new campus.”
“The innovations that come from our Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence will help customers around the world get ahead of the competition by enabling their data-powered digital transformation strategies” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “Our continued investment in India, with its highly skilled talent, collaborative government and global business partners, strengthens our ability to succeed in the new era of hybrid cloud.”
Being in India for more than 15 years, NetaApp has been perennially advancing on flash, cloud, and next-generation data center solutions that help manage and protect the world’s data.
The Bengaluru team’s mission includes expanding NetApp’s line-up of Data Fabric solutions and services that maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. The diverse skills of employees and partners available at the new center will further innovations in these areas.
The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. “The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups who will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”