Zoho to open data centres in Mumbai, Chennai

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on July 02, 2018

Raj Sabhlok, President of ManageEngine and   -  BusinessLine

Will hire 5,000 as it eyes $1-b revenue in five years

As it launched a country-wide advertisement blitz for its Zoho One, a complete set of apps that aids firms run their organisations, Zoho Corp is betting big on the Indian market.

It plans to launch two data centres - one in Mumbai (primary) and in Chennai (secondary), in the next few weeks.

The firm will invest about $20 million on building the two data centres.

“These data centres will target the Indian business,” Raj Sabhlok, President of ManageEngine and, the two divisions of Zoho Corp, told BusinessLine.

The 22-year-old company, with over 5,500 employees, offers cloud-based office suite through, IT management software platform (ManageEngine) WebNMS, which develops telecommunications software.

The firm has big hopes on the Indian market. “It is one of the top-10 markets for us now. But we expect it to become top-1 or 2 market in the next five years. “Our business here grew dramatically in the last two years. Things like GST contributed to that,” he pointed out.

“As against 10 per cent in other tech companies, we spend about 40 per cent on research and development,” Sabhlok said.

$1-billion target

The company is targeting a revenue of $1 billion in less than five years. “To drive the growth, we might add 5,000 employees, taking the total number of employees to 10,000,” he said.

“India being the centre of gravity, bulk of the new hires would come here,” he said.

The company refused to divulge the present size of revenues. However, reports pegged them at about $500 million. “We don’t comment on that number,” he said. The firm adds about 600 employees a year, including about 100 it hires from the Zoho University.

Zoho is building a campus at Austin (Texas, the US), which would house “hundreds of employees” and a data centre (to be relocated from Dallas).

Published on July 02, 2018

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