“Today, India represents a substantial element of our global R&D operations and continues to play an important role in our global growth strategy,” Gelsinger said. VMware globally has 18,000 employees; India accounts for close to a fifth of that.
Gelsinger also said the company fully supported the Indian government’s `Make in India’ programme. VMware India MD Arun Kumar Parameswaran said the National Informatics Centre’s cloud was running on VMware technology and noted that the company was working on several large ministry-level projects that involved virtualized infrastructure, and cloud-first and mobile-first policies.
IIM-Ahmedabad incubator, Niranjan Maka, MD of VMware India R&D, said the company had tied up with IIM-Ahmedabad for a startup incubator programme. IIM-A, he said, had an ambitious programme of seeding 150 to 200 startups over the next five years.
“We will focus on those startups that need our cloud platform. Our executives will mentor them, and we may even invest in some of them,” Maka said. A couple of investments have already been made, but Maka declined to name the ventures.