VMWare plans to invest $2 bn in India

Varun Aggarwal Mumbai | Updated on October 17, 2018 Published on October 17, 2018

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare (file photo)

Dell’s largest and fastest growing subsidiary VMWare, is set to invest $2 billion in India to boost its R&D and employee strength over the next five years.

VMWare, which already has over 5,000 employees in Bengaluru and Pune, plans to expand its base. The company aims to tap both the Indian talent as well as the business opportunities in the country.

“The biggest piece of our investment will be to continue to expand our talent base in the country,” Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare, told BusinessLine in an interview.

India is among the fastest growing markets for VMWare but that still seems like scratching the surface, given the opportunity that the company sees in the country.

“We think about the Indian market from a go-to-market in really three different categories. One is, we need to expand our presence in the big enterprises of India. Second, we have to then have a much larger reach for the many, many medium and small businesses in India. And then third is working with the particularly the system integrators who are also this large pathway to deliver our technologies, not just for their internal use, but also for their customers as well. So, taken together, we've had very good success expanding from the large customers expanding what we call general business for the broader market, but also the deep relationships with the Cognizant, TCS, HCL, Wipro etc,” Gelsinger said.

VMWare’s India operations already help build and support every single product built by the company. The company will also be looking at acquisitions in India. “That investment will be over and above this $2 billion investment,” he said.

Cloud, networking, security, mobility and IoT are among the key areas where VMWare is looking to acquire companies. CloudHealth, the recently acquired company by VMWare, already has a large presence in India. The overall growth in India will be a combination of organic and inorganic growth, he added.

Published on October 17, 2018
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