VMware targets SMEs for further growth in India

MUMBAI: After making its technology available to some of India's biggest organisations including the State Bank of India and Bharti Airtel, enterprise software major VMware is now eying small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate its pace of growth in the country, according to the company's top executives.

"We are looking to support new industries in India," Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager for VMware's business in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of an event here.

The Palo Alto, California-headquartered company last year announced $2 billion investment in India over the next five years towards expanding its facilities, increase headcount and ramp up research and development activities.

"We are expanding our Bengaluru office at the moment. We have today more people in Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. So we have got multiple offices all over the country and we have got a really strong partner system he said, adding that the company continues to invest in India.

"We are currently present in seven locations and we are expanding into multiple locations through our partners who are distributors. Our priority now is to expand into cities outside metros in India. We have a huge opportunity there and we are investing in it," Pradeep Nair, Vice President and Managing Director-India, VMware.

"What is exciting about India is the way we are addressing these SMEs - there are 42 million of them employing 106 million people. We are very good at enterprise but we also have the opportunity in India to take that technology down to these vast mass of SMEs," he said.