NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

Market Intelligence Firm IDC Identifies New IT Category of Data Services for Hybrid Cloud to Reflect Changing Needs, Recognizes NetApp as a Key Player

India, Bangalore:  June 12, 2017 — More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organizations have identified digital transformation as the centerpiece of their growth and profitability strategies (1) moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognizing the need for new ways to harness their most valuable asset — their data.

Becoming data-centric is no small undertaking. It requires new approaches to computing now that data is much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse. Customers also face data integration challenges as they adopt hybrid and multi cloud models for greater agility, scale and cost control. IDC has released a new report, “Worldwide Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy, 2017“, that reflects the business opportunities and IT requirements for enterprises to maximize the value of data in a hybrid cloud world.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) ushered in the era of simplified data management at its founding 25 years ago. Today, it enables organizations to unleash the full value of their data for competitive advantage. NetApp is included as a key player by IDC for its ability to provide hybrid cloud data services. Specifically, IDC called out the NetApp Data Fabric strategy, which provides consistent and integrated services that deliver data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security.

“Data is the lifeblood of every organization, and as technology gradually becomes a part of everyday lives organizations will need innovative solutions to create value from the increasing data generated. NetApp’s persistent attention to data will help solve these customer challenges, with approaches like the NetApp Data Fabric. We continue to provide real time data insight, access and control that gives our customers and partners the confidence to move into the future with NetApp.” said Anil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC. 

“Successful digital organizations exploit data insights to deliver personalized value services, optimize the customer experience, explore new opportunities, and reduce the overall cost of doing business,” said Laura DuBois, group vice president, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Infrastructure Software, at IDC. “Hybrid/multi-cloud deployments are becoming the new norm for organizations looking to harness data’s potential, but siloed approaches to development are limiting effectiveness and slowing digital transformation.  What’s needed is a comprehensive hybrid cloud data services solution set that delivers a full range of capabilities, including data protection, security, compliance, integration, orchestration and data location optimization that span structured and unstructured data, on-premises and cloud.  NetApp, with its Data Fabric approach, is already innovating in these categories and is making the investments in hybrid cloud data services to attract new customers to its vision of a data-driven future.”

NetApp also unveiled a “Data Visionaries” awareness campaign to drive visibility of the strategic importance of data. The campaign connects to content that showcases how NetApp’s expertise and Data Fabric portfolio support customers in their transformation to data-centric organizations that will lead the future.

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NetApp Launches NetApp Excellerator, A Startup Accelerator Program For The Era Of Digital Transformation

Applications for NetApp Excellerator program are now open for start-ups from areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, data management and storage. 

INDIA, June 7, 2017:  NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the launch of the NetApp Excellerator program, the company’s first startup accelerator in Bangalore. NetApp is the leader in data insight, access, and control for hybrid cloud environments. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, the company wants to share its unique perspective and experience around data with startups, and invest in solutions that will help enterprises through this era of digital transformation.

The program was launched today at the new 15-acre NetApp campus at Bangalore in the presence of Mr. Mohandas Pai, guest of honour and keynote speaker, partners, venture capitalists, startups, and customers.

With the launch of this program, applications for the four-month-long program are now open for startups. Selected startups will receive technology and business mentorship as well as access to markets and investors to realize the full potential of their ideas and products in the global market place. Applications are invited from startups working in the areas related to IOT, cloud, big data and analytics, machine learning, virtualization, data security, storage and data management, and other adjacent areas.

Commenting on the launch Deepak Visweswaraiah, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, NetApp India said, “The tech industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the center. Given NetApp’s rich legacy of innovation in the data management space, and the fact that we were once a startup ourselves, we recognize that some of the most creative, breakthrough ideas will happen within India’s thriving startup ecosystem. Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we would like to encourage and support these start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate to their next phase of growth.”

The NetApp Excellerator program will provide startups with access to collaboration and productivity tools, co-working space out of the company’s global center of excellence in Bangalore as well as networking opportunities with potential investors, partners, and customers. Selected startups will have access to NetApp platforms and technologies, tools, co-working space, HR, marketing, legal and tech support. NetApp will provide an equity free grant of USD 15,000 to these startups upon completion of the program. What is more is that the startups can own their IP (Intellectual Property) and NetApp would not seek a stake in the same.

Ajeya Motaganahalli, Director NetApp India, who will be driving the program said, “Through the NetApp Excellerator program, we seek to engage with promising entrepreneurs contributing to diverse set of tech areas. We will assist these startups with guidance on building business relevance, exposure to our technology, partners and customers, as well as venture capitalists, and explore opportunities where we can take them to market. Our goal is to simply foster innovation and push these brilliant ideas forward.”

Established in the technology neighborhood of Bengaluru at close quarters with the best industry ecosystem, the NetApp Excellerator program will be hosted at the company’s center of excellence in Bangalore. Working in close proximity with one of NetApp’s largest R&D teams and best engineering talent will also help the startups draw inspiration and realise their full potential. For more information on this program, please visit http://startup.netapp.in .

 

GODADDY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN INDIA

  • Mobile friendly website builder to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow their ventures online
  • Create a powerful website in under an hour, available free for one month 

New Delhi, March 29, 2017 – GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced the launch of GoDaddy’s new Website Builder combining a mobile optimized website builder with an integrated set of marketing and e-commerce tools, making it easy for small businesses in India to attract visitors and drive results.

Easy to use and affordable, the new website builder enables a small business, to design a fully functional and professional website in just under an hour with no technical expertise, even using their smartphone. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder features an integrated suite of online tools to help small businesses and entrepreneurs create an audience for their business and drive traffic to their website. Considering that internet access in India is mobile-first, websites created on GoDaddy’s new Website Builder are built from the ground up to be fully responsive on phones and tablets, in addition to laptops and desktops. Customers can choose from more than 1,500 ideas or industries with robust support from GoDaddy’s award-winning customer care to assist customers, as they build out their digital presence.

According to a recent GoDaddy[1] survey in India, small businesses perceive setting up a website and selling online to be complex and something that requires deep technical expertise. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder enables users to design a professional looking website by simply typing in their name and industry or an idea, and get a near-complete website, populated with relevant sections and professional images. Powered by smart algorithms and machine learning, the website builder helps customers with continuous activity updates and ways to improve results and evolve their businesses throughout their lifecycles.

“GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is an innovative website building solution that is fundamentally changing the approach to website creation and is helping customers get noticed, reach larger audiences, and help drive sales,” said Andrew Low Ah Kee, Executive Vice President, GoDaddy International. “In India, over 34 million small businesses are still offline[2] as a result of the belief that they need technical expertise and not yet recognizing benefits of being visible online. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder is designed to help small businesses in India create a professional online identity with ease, helping to grow their business online.” 

Key features of the new Website Builder:

  • Easy to get started: Fully responsive and easy to use, the new Website Builder ensures a mobile friendly experience that lets small businesses focus on achieving their goals, rather than worry about the site designs. Its intuitive user interface helps anyone, from a restaurant owner or a home entrepreneur to a design beginner, to easily customize and update their sites on the go. The new website builder lets you publish the website with instant auto-SSL encryption ensuring easy setup process.
  • Smart algorithms and machine learning: The website builder surfaces insights and actions for the users to help them achieve their goals. For instance, upon logging in, customers receive engagement and activity updates to improve results in a dashboard view. Advice ranging from attaching their website to a social network to developing a geographic-targeted Facebook advertising campaign will be shared with the users to amplify their online presence and reach more audiences to drive real results.
  • Online store to grow ventures: With online shoppers in India set to cross 100 million mark in 2017[3], the ability to be able to trade online is most important of any small business. GoDaddy’s new Website Builder’s integrated Online Store includes everything needed to set up an ecommerce platform, with a focus on driving sales. New improvements allow customers to make purchases swiftly with a streamlined mobile checkout with reduced taps and swipes. GoDaddy’s Website Builder’s integrated product and inventory management capability helps in further simplifying the selling experience. 
  • Integrated marketing solutions: The new Website Builder with integrated marketing features enables small businesses to quickly improve their Google search rankings and help jumpstart email marketing campaigns. This means even those with no email marketing experience can powerfully engage with both existing and potential customers.
  • Social media integration: Social integration allows users to link their website to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, integrating social media capabilities into their marketing campaigns.

The new Website Builder is available in four different pricing options following a one month free trial:

  • Personal – INR 99/month
  • Business – INR 479/month
  • Business Plus – INR 679/month
  • Online Store – INR 999/month

To learn more about GoDaddy’s Website Builder, visit: https://in.godaddy.com/websites/website-builder 

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Flipkart and Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

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Bangalore, February 27th, 2017: Today Microsoft and Flipkart, India’s leading marketplace, announced a strategic partnership to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service. As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the news today at an event in Bangalore.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Combining Microsoft’s cloud platform and AI capabilities with Flipkart’s existing services and data assets, will enable Flipkart to accelerate its digital transformation in e-commerce and deliver new customer experiences.”

“Flipkart has always been committed to its vision of transforming commerce in India through technology. Given Microsoft’s strong reputation in cloud computing, coupled with scale and reliability, this partnership allows us to leverage our combined strength and knowledge of technology, e-commerce and markets to make online shopping more relevant and enriching for customers,” said Binny Bansal, Group CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart.

Launched in 2007, Flipkart has amassed unparalleled scale in India through customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping a seamless, accessible and affordable experience for over 100 million Indians. Its innovative disruptions like cash on delivery, No cost EMI, Product Exchange, easy returns, same day delivery and instant refunds have paved the way for the e-commerce market in India.

Starting with computing infrastructure, Microsoft Azure will ultimately add a layer of advanced cloud technologies and analytics to Flipkart’s existing data centres. Microsoft’s strong presence in India along with its global scale allows for continued growth and expansion, setting the stage for the long-term partnership.

Flipkart plans to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities in Azure, such as Cortana Intelligence Suite and Power BI, to optimize its data for innovative merchandising, advertising, marketing and customer service. With powerful insights about its business and new, intelligent services, Flipkart can deliver increasingly relevant and personalized experiences to its customers.

NetApp Delivers Innovation for the Hybrid Cloud Era with New Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence, Startup Accelerator Program

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Highlights: NetApp Global Center of Excellence drives customer success in data-driven world, builds key skills across startup ecosystem to further company’s Data Fabric strategy.

BENGALURU, India, January 18, 2017:  Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.

The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company’s largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company’s first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, that will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design.

“Bengaluru is the technology, science, and knowledge capital of India and this is a matter of great pride for all of Karnataka. The State Government offers its complete support to technology companies in establishing their centers here. I am very happy that NetApp has invested in a great future with their new campus.” said Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister- Government of Karnataka on this occasion. Mr. Siddaramaiah inaugurated the center in a ceremony attended by government and civic officials, NetApp employees and senior company leaders from around the globe.

“The innovations that come from our Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence will help customers around the world get ahead of the competition by enabling their data-powered digital transformation strategies” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “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.”

Talented team helps customers maximize value of data

NetApp has been in India for 15 years, fueling advancements in the company’s portfolio of flash, cloud, and next-generation data center solutions that help manage and protect the world’s data. The Bengaluru team’s mission includes expanding NetApp’s line-up of Data Fabric solutions and services that maximize control and improve the secure movement of data across the hybrid cloud. The diverse skills of employees and partners available at the new center will further innovations in these areas. NetApp India has been ranked as one of the top 50 best places to work since 2009, and the new campus provides an inspiring, collaborative and state-of-the-art environment for its engineers to develop new offerings even faster.

Startup Accelerator Program expands Data Fabric ecosystem 

The new NetApp startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, will house and help nurture technology startups. “The digital revolution is creating a need for partnerships to fully support customer needs,” said Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group. “As we evolve our Data Fabric approach, the Escape Velocity program will help to share our technology expertise and business acumen with innovative startups who will add to the robust cloud data management ecosystem our customers need. With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”

New facility designed for collaboration and sustainability

The Global Center of Excellence is uniquely designed to create a collaborative environment that inspires employees to be their best. With a 12,000-square-foot data center and engineering laboratory, employees can access the latest and most sophisticated technologies across the world. The 15-acre campus incorporates a million square feet of workspace that supports multiple collaborative options with hi-tech conferencing capabilities, a 1,000-seater auditorium, and informal meeting areas to foster teamwork.

The center is also one of the first all-steel buildings in India. It was built with 7,000 metric tons of nearly 100% recyclable steel, which reduced water waste during construction. Sustainable features are built into every design feature to optimize energy usage creating carbon savings of over 12000 tons per year, which is same as planting as many trees a year. In addition, the construction processes applied resulted in a saving about 1500 tons of CO2. With over 70% of land area free for open, green spaces, and all possible water recycled through an “eco-pond”, the campus is a benchmark for green buildings.

Beyond its work amenities, the campus supports multiple recreational and convenience options to support employees’ active lifestyles. Sports offerings include football and tennis, and for personal fitness, a gymnasium and yoga program. A “mall street” allows employees to buy daily conveniences, pay bills, book tickets and visit doctors at work. To enhance the quality of life for employees, NetApp subsidizes transport and cafeteria food and has benefit options that support employees moving closer to the campus.

KARAN BAJWA NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR, IBM INDIA PVT. LTD. VANITHA NARAYANAN APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF IBM INDIA PVT. LTD.

New Delhi, India – 4th Jan 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the appointment of Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd, succeeding Vanitha Narayanan who is appointed as Chairman of IBM India Pvt. Ltd.  These leadership announcements further demonstrate IBM’s commitment in the region.

Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement.  Prior to that he has served in various roles in Microsoft and Cisco.  Karan is not new to IBM, having worked for five years leading IBM’s networking business and based in Singapore from 2001 – 2005.

“I am humbled and excited as I take on this role of Managing Director of IBM India.  I see great opportunity ahead for IBM in this market. By constantly reinventing itself and investing in innovation, IBM today is in a sweet spot to help businesses and governments with their digital transformation journey. I look forward to partnering with the industry, our ecosystem and the IBM team to further strengthen our business in the region.” – Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

As Managing Director of IBM India, Karan will be responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM’s sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/SA region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He will lead the team to win new business, shape market opportunities by building alliances and partnerships and solidify the company’s position in the marketplace.  He will lead IBM’s partnership with clients for a cloud and cognitive led digital transformation of their businesses.

As Chairman, Vanitha will play a critical role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, global centers of excellence, research and innovation labs.  IBM will rely on her leadership to engage and further strengthen the Government and Regulatory affairs initiatives. She will maximize the value of the entire organization in the region by evangelizing IBM’s brand and solutions in the ecosystem.

“IBM has been a key player in India’s technology journey and innovated with our clients in establishing many firsts.  I see tremendous opportunity for us to power India’s digital transformation with our cognitive cloud platforms and deep industry expertise. It is incredibly gratifying for me to take over as Chairman of IBM India, a newly created position that reiterates the importance that IBM places on India to support growth and innovation in the region”. – Vanitha Narayanan, Chairman, IBM India Pvt. Ltd. 

Vanitha has over 29 years of experience working across IBM in several countries. She has been a part of the IBM India/South Asia business since 2009 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director in 2013.   In her tenure as the Managing Director, she has consistently led strong revenue growth and expanded India’s footprint across new industries, making India one of the fastest growing markets for IBM. She comes with deep industry experience and has held various leadership roles in Sales & Distribution, Global Business Services(GBS) and the Telecom sector, across Asia-Pacific and Global markets.

Both, Karan and Vanitha will report to Randy Walker, Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific. These appointments are effective immediately. 

About IBM

For further information about IBM India, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/in/en/

DigitalOcean Brings Developer-Loved Cloud To India

  • World’s 2nd Largest Cloud Computing Provider, Built for Developers
  • Datacenter in Bangalore set for the second quarter of this year
  • To have an initial investment of up to $5M to build local facility and operation in 2016

February 22, 2016 – Bangalore, India –  DigitalOcean, the developers’ cloud computing platform, today announced their plan to open a datacenter in India this coming summer. Headquartered in New York City, DigitalOcean has catered to the developer community by offering on-demand cloud computing resources that can be deployed in seconds at a great price point. In 2015 DigitalOcean became the 2nd largest hosting company in the world, as per Netcraft, a cloud infrastructure research firm.

Today, India is home to the fastest growing ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs, with approximately 4,000 startups launching this past year alone. Considering the number of software developers throughout India will grow to over 5 million by the year 2018 – surpassing the number of developers in the United States – it’s clear that the region is one of the most important technology markets in the world. DigitalOcean is planning to have an initial investment of up to $5M to build out it’s local facility and operation in 2016.

We’re here to help the booming economy in India continue to grow and succeed” says Ben Uretsky, CEO and Co-Founder of DigitalOcean. “There’s no better way to build and launch your business than on top of cloud. Entrepreneurs should be focused on their product and keeping their customers happy, not managing hardware and servers – that’s where we come in.”

KartRocket, India’s leading e-commerce enabler that raised $6 million in Series B funding just last month, has been using DigitalOcean’s cloud for the past two years. “DigitalOcean’s made it extremely simple for our team of developers to scale our application, as we’ve gained traction and more customers over the past years. It’s the simplest cloud platform in the market for developers and startups to launch their apps on,” says Saahil Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of KartRocket. “Their support team is also very communicative. We couldn’t be happier.”

Akhi Gupta, CTO and Co-Founder of the popular property-listings startup NoBroker, says, “They make it extremely simple to spin up servers. We know exactly what our bill will be at the end of the month. Other major cloud services have offered us free credit to leave, but we’ve rejected these offers because we love DigitalOcean.”

The Droplet – the company’s branded term for a cloud server – is a powerful compute resource that comes packaged with memory, storage, and bandwidth. Pricing begins at $5 per month and billing is calculated on an hourly basis, guaranteeing that companies only pay for infrastructure resources that are actually being used. The flexibility to quickly spin up servers via the company’s simple control panel or API is part of the special DigitalOcean experience.

We have big plans for 2016,” says Moisey Uretsky, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of DigitalOcean. “We are actively working on a robust storage solution, as well as a monitoring solution, to complement our current product offerings. Developers in India will have first access to these cutting-edge technologies in our new datacenter in Bangalore.”

Key facts about DigitalOcean

  • Intuitive Control Panel – DigitalOcean’s control panel makes configuring cloud servers and development frameworks simple and intuitive.

  • Active Developer Community – DigitalOcean’s community pages are continually updated and moderated. Developers will find numerous tutorials, a robust Q & A section, and many community projects.

  • Cloud infrastructure starting at $5 per month – DigitalOcean’s simple pricing model starts at $5 per month and offers hourly billing. Never be surprised by your invoice with predictable and transparent pricing as you scale.

  • SSD-only cloud – DigitalOcean’s servers use only high-performance Solid State Disks. Their speed directly benefits the performance of hosted websites and applications. All DigitalOcean cloud servers are live and configurable in less than one minute.

  • Snapshots – Backup your data and easily restore your server to a previously saved state. Users can create snapshots at anytime and even migrate them between different datacenter regions and other user accounts.

  • Team Accounts – Team Account Management allows multiple users to share a single DigitalOcean account. With this feature, the account owner can invite members to join their existing account and gain access to create, destroy, and manage Droplets without getting access to administrative or billing settings. Additionally, each member will have separate logins, eliminating the need to share passwords.

  • Floating IPs – Architect your application for high availability with Floating IPs. This feature makes it simple to quickly move an IP address from one server to another.

  • SLA for 99.9 percent availability – DigitalOcean guarantees the highest availability of its cloud servers.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean, Inc. (http://www.digitalocean.com / @digitalocean) is a cloud infrastructure provider focused on simplifying web infrastructure for software developers. The company is headquartered in New York City with datacenters throughout the world. For more information, please reach out to press(at)digitalocean(dot)com