Balaji Rao, Director – Sales, VMware India & SAARC
A leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era, VMware establisheda presence in India in 2005. Today the company serves about 3,000 customers, employssome 2,000 staff and works with 100 partners.
Over the last eight years, offices have been opened in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad and Colombo in Sri Lanka, with R&D centers in Bangalore and Pune.
VMware recently also announced a multiyear investment of $120 million for a new R&D facility in Bangalore incorporating state of-the-art premises, and which will accommodate 2,700 employees when ready in 2014.
VMware’s R&D operations in India make a significant contribution to the company’s portfolio of virtualization and cloud computing products, all designed to help VMware customers navigate the journey to a new era of IT. Developers in Bangalore and Pune contribute important components of VMware’s key technologies – the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud and end-user computing.
Growth in cloud usage in India
The 3rd annual VMware Cloud Index, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting in October 2012, revealed a surge in cloud usage in India where half (50 percent) of respondents in the country stated that they had already adopted cloud solutions or approaches – a 25 percent growth over last year. An additional 30 percent of respondents declared that they were planning to deploy cloud solutions within the next 18 months,highlighting the growing cloud opportunity in India.The study also revealed that 54 percent of senior IT professionals surveyed in India consider cloud computing as a top business priority.
In India, while 80 percent of respondents believe that cloud computing will help enable their organizations to reduce IT costs, 82 percent believe that cloud computing will help them optimise their existing IT management and automation capabilities. Data privacy, legacy or “loss of control” (64 percent), integration with existing on-premise systems (62 percent) and security (60 percent) are the top barriers to cloud adoption in India.
Growing adoption of cloud solutions by the government sector
Governments across the globe are dealing with new mandates and changing requirements from a diverse population -and are expected to deliver these services on reduced budgets and India is no exception. Governments need innovative ways to improve and modernize IT to handle these challenges and virtualisation and cloud computing are the key.
Government organisations that work with limited funds are always looking at lower costs and increase efficiencies, while improving transparency and improving public services.
A few areas that government organisations can benefit from cloud computing include:
• Reduction in high capital expenses & lower operational expenses (power, real estate, maintenance).
• Improvements in manageability allow ICT staff to be redeployed, while maintaining or expanding capabilities
• Improved agility and responsiveness
• Better processes that bring about transparency and consistency in the delivery of services.
VMware solutions help governments transform their IT departments into efficient, flexible enterprises that can respond faster to the needs of policymakers, agencies, and constituents while reducing IT infrastructure and operating costs. Virtualisation provides government organisations with an evolutionary path to cloud computing that preserves existing IT investments, security, and control.Govt. departments can rely on VMware to:
• Reduce datacenter and capital costs by as much as 60 percent
• Cut the operating expenses around end user computing environment by up to 50 percent
• Reduce time spent on routine administrative tasks by about a third
• Reduce power, cooling and real estate needs to cut energy costs by up to 80 percent
In India, VMware is seeing a growing adoption of its solutions by the government and public sector undertakings. It recently announced that the Government of Maharashtra has selected its virtualisation and cloud infrastructure technology for its MahaGov Cloud. MahaGov Cloud is an initiative by the Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), Government of Maharashtra to provide e-governance initiatives. The Government of Maharashtra has deployed VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director to virtualise the state datacenter, which hosts the MahaGov Cloud. VMware was chosen after an extensive evaluation conducted by the Government of Maharashtra
Through the softwaredefined data center VMware will extend the benefits of virtualisation to all areas of the data center – network, security, storage and management
VMware’s three growth priorities for 2013
At a Strategic Forum for Institutional Investors earlier in March this year, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger outlined the company’s strategy, revealing more details about the company’s plans to deliver the software-defined datacenter expand its hybrid cloud offerings and empower the multi-device era.
In 2013, VMware will execute against three growth priorities: Redefining Infrastructure: The Software-Defined Data Center Through the software-defined data center VMware will extend the benefits of virtualisation to all areas of the data center – network,security, storage and management.VMware’s vCloud Suite,unveiled at VMworld®2012, is an integrated solution for building and managing a complete cloud infrastructure that meets IT’s most critical needs. vCloud Suite fulfils the promise of the software-defined datacenter by pooling industry-standard hardware and running each layer of the datacenter as software-defined services. It creates pools of servers,storage and networking with dynamically configurable security, availability and management services which can meet the needs of any and all applications. Built-in self-service portal and catalogue, policy-based infrastructure and application provisioning and automated operations management help to complete the picture.
The Software-Defined Data Center is a unified data centre platform that provides unprecedented automation, flexibility, and efficiency to transform the way organisations deliver IT. Compute, storage,networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software,and managed by intelligent, policy-driven software.Self-service, policy-based provisioning,automated infrastructure, and application and business management complete the picture. The result is a data centre optimized for the cloud era,providing unmatched business agility, the highest SLAs for all applications, dramatically simpler operations, and lower costs.
Delivering the Hybrid Cloud
VMware also announced its plans to extend the software-defined data center with a hybrid cloud service offering that will allow its 500,000 customers to reap the benefits of the public cloud without changing their existing applications while using a common management, orchestration, networking and security model.
VMware expects to launch VMware vCloud®Hybrid Service™ later this year and intends to make it available through its existing channel,working with its extensive partner ecosystem to accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud.
Empowering the Multi-Device Era
VMware recently unveiled the VMware Horizon Suite, a comprehensive platform for workforce mobility that will connect end users to their data, applications and desktops on any device without sacrificing IT security and control. With updates to VMware Horizon View and VMware Horizon Mirage, as well as a new product, VMware Horizon Workspace,the VMware Horizon Suite will enable IT organisations to empower users with a secure, easy-to-manage virtual workspace that delivers a consistent, compelling experience cross devices.
VMware Horizon Suite connects end users to their data, applications, and desktops on any device while maintaining IT security and control and lowering TCO. By transforming technology silos into centralised services, IT can improve operational efficiency, security,and agility through policy-based management across the organisation. Moreover, end-users get a consistent experience across devices – in the office, at home, or on the go VMware Horizon Suite is a comprehensive platform for workforce mobility that connects end-users to their data, applications and desktops on any device without sacrificing IT security and control. It is comprised of three products – VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Mirage, and a new product, VMware Horizon Workspace. The VMware Horizon Suite allows IT organisations to empower users with a secure, easy-to-manage virtual workspace that delivers a consistent, compelling experience across device.