Global data storage and management company NetApp has announced the opening of a Global Center for Excellence in Bengaluru, India.
The new facility will host the company’s first startup accelerator program, Escape Velocity, which was created to help nurture and grow technology startups. It will also be home to the company’s largest research and development group.
The mission behind the Bengaluru center is to expand NetApp’s Data Fabric, which is focused on providing secure hybrid cloud data solutions to NetApp customers.
Escape Velocity, the startup accelerator, is open to technology startups in many diverse fields, including data services and storage, hybrid cloud, big data, IoT and hyperconvergence infrastructure. Technology startup companies that qualify for participation in the Escape Velocity program will be provided with co-working space, mentoring, and access to technology infrastructure and grants, as well as to the global network of NetApp partners and experts for help in getting their idea to market.
Partnerships are vital to further the digital revolution and support customer needs, as Deepak Visweswaraiah, managing director of NetApp India and head of NetApp’s worldwide Data Fabric and Manageability Group said. “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.”
“With our support, these startups will be on a path to win in a dynamic global IT environment.”
The Global Center for Excellence includes a 12,000 square foot data center and engineering lab, along with a million square feet of high-tech workspace and informal meeting areas, designed to foster cooperation and the open exchange of ideas.
The facility and surrounding 15-acre campus were designed as a model for sustainable design. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the Excellence Center was built with almost 100% recyclable steel and was designed for reduced carbon emissions of over 12,000 tons per year. Improved construction design also helped the company to save 1,500 tons of carbon emissions during the construction process, and the campus consists of 70% green space including an eco-pond for water recycling.
Last November, NetApp announced that it would lay off approximately 6% of its total workforce in order to streamline core businesses and cut expenses. The company said that it hoped to return to moderate growth by May 2017.