Software defined storage solutions provider DataCore Software has opened its second-largest research and development (R&D) centre in Bengaluru, with plans to hire about 100 people for the centre by the end of the year.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered company aims to increase the number of employees in the centre to 200 by the end of 2021, the company’s chief product officer and senior vice president of global R&D Rizwan Pirani told TechCircle.
“For the very first time, has the real possibility of unifying the entire storage industry. We will see the management of different data points to a single pane of glass, which has never been done before,” Pirani said, adding that the Bengaluru centre would “perhaps be the biggest R&D centre that DataCore will have globally in terms of volume -- even bigger than Florida”.
The company also plans to set up original equipment manufacturer relationships, customer support centres and sales teams in Bengaluru, he added. DataCore will leverage the intellectual property it has accumulated over the past 20 years to drive its R&D efforts in the centre.
“We will have to see some traction before we can open up the floodgates and create an entire centre of excellence,” Pirani added.
The Indian R&D centre, which will be led by vice president of products Vani Sharma, will be transformed into a centre of excellence in a year and will cater to clients in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa, according to an official statement.
Founded in 1998, DataCore is a storage area network virtualisation technology provider that offers software-defined networking solutions to customers in the healthcare, financial and education sectors, along with governmental organisations and cloud service providers. It has offices in 11 locations globally, including multiple centres in Europe, Taiwan and Japan.
Earlier this month, DataCore, along with venture capital firms Insight Partners and AME Cloud Ventures, invested $26 million in MayaData, a California headquartered containerisation and Kubernetes-based solution provider, which also has an office in Bengaluru. DataCore aims to make inroads into the container-native storage market with the partnership.