NetApp Inaugurates a Global Center of Excellence in India

Sunnyvale, California-based storage and data management company NetApp opened a Global Center of Excellence in Bangalore. The 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory on a 15-acre campus incorporates one   million square feet of work space. The new facility incorporates the company’s first startup accelerator program called “Escape Velocity” that will foster technology startups and expand the Data Fabric ecosystem.

NetApp CEO George Kurian said, “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.”

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Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group, stated, “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups, which will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need.”

 

March 18, 2017   No Comments

Ola Claims 75% Market Share of India’s Urban Taxi Services

India’s Bangalore-based transport aggregator Ola said that because of its India-specific innovations such as offline booking and local language apps, the company “effectively holds over three-fourth market share”, reports the Economic Times. COO Pranay Jivrajka told the Press Trust of India that the focus of a business needs to be on localization in building customized products, and replicating existing business models and innovations will not work for the market here.
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“We are using technology to create ‘Made for India’ solutions, both on the supply and demand side, right from offline bookings for customers and 2G optimization to local language apps. Several introductions by our competition such as the ride later option, and the cash payment option have already been pioneered months ago by Ola’s technology team,” Jivrajka added.

Backed by investment from Japan’s SoftBank, Ola is a credible  competitor in India  to California-based Uber.

January 2, 2017   No Comments

Apple Requests India for Manufacturing, Labelling Concessions

Serious about manufacturing iPhones in India, Cupertino, California-based Apple has requested concessions from India’s government. These are exemptions from the country’s product labeling regulations, and  tax relief. The company has filed a formal request to India’s Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology requesting to be excluded from the mandatory product labeling information so that it can maintain the iPhones minimalist look.

India is one of Apple’s biggest growth markets, and manufacturing iPhones in the country will give Apple the option of opening its own stores without the necessity of middlemen or distributors – a strategy that China‘s Huawei has successfully followed.

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Forbes reports that India’s smartphone market is expected to overtake the U.S.’s next year and become the second largest in the world behind China, according to recent research by IDC.

 

December 29, 2016   No Comments

AMD to Grow R&D Team in India

In an interview with India’s Economic Times, Sunnyvale, California-based semiconductor company AMD‘s chief technology officer Mark Papermaster discussed the contribution of the company’s R&D facilities in India. These R&D centers are located in Hyderabad and Bangalore, housing over 1,000 of its 6,000-strong global tech team.

Mark Papermaster CTO of AMD

Mark Papermaster CTO of AMD

Excerpts of the interview:

On the role of the India centers
Papermaster: India is a key element of our development team and every aspect of product development. The AMD strategy is focused on three pillars: gaming and immersive apps, which is Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, compute – which is data centers, high-performance computing and high performance graphics – and semi-custom solutions, where we work with partners on products like the Xbox 1or PS4. The India design center does a lot of key software and IP development with gaming and graphics, chip design and software as well as to create tailored solutions.

On the growth of technologies such as Virtual Reality

Papermaster: Just like in consumer goods, there are tech cycles. Every 12-18 months, we will see new product revisions … it could be better screens or a wireless headset. As it becomes more affordable, more content is likely to be created and apps will take off. All it takes is one killer app for something to become popular.

On areas of focus in the future

Papermaster: There are a couple of areas that we expect to be high growth. One is compute: AMD products are very well suited for machine learning applications as they need CPU and GPU. Immersive computing is another area. It’s a nascent industry and will see significant growth for AMD to develop and support products.

 

December 29, 2016   No Comments

Semtech Partners with Tata Communications

Camarillo, California-based Semtech Corporation has teamed up with Tata Communications to launch India’s first applications center to facilitate LoRa, or long range networks, technology in Mumbai.

The Economic Times reports a joint statement by the two companies which said that this center will allow enterprise customers and Internet of Things  solution providers to deploy and test their applications over a LoRaWAN-based low power, wide area network. As many as 35 IoT applications can be deployed across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. Research firm IDC estimates that the global IoT market will grow to $7.1 trillion by 2020, up from $1.9 trillion in 2013.

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“The current LoRaWAN-based network allows millions of devices to be connected, and our goal is to have 200 million end devices connected by 2019,” V.S. Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications said.

December 22, 2016   No Comments