India plays key role in Red Hat’s global plans
Open source poster boy, Red Hat, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its flagship solution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The firm has played a key role in the development of the open source ecosystem, and has been credited with launching the first-ever open source software subscription business, spurring the adoption of Linux across the enterprise. While the company continues to strengthen its footprint across the world, India is a vital cog in the company’s global success.
Red Hat confirmed India’s importance by announcing the expansion and launch of two “Engineering Centers of Excellence” in Bangalore and Pune, India. What’s significant about the launch of the Engineering CoE’s is the fact that the Pune center is Red Hat’s largest engineering facility outside North America at 50,000 sq ft.
With the expansion in India, Red Hat hopes to incubate, sustain and support local talent and maintain high quality of contributions to the open source community locally and internationally.
“India is central to our global goals. Besides playing a key role in our R&D operations, our entire product line is supported from India. We have grown here exponentially, and as we add people globally, our operations in India will grow proportionally,” states Paul Cormier, President - Products and Technologies, Red Hat.
Red Hat is extremely bullish on the power of India’s software development talent, and Cormier cites the example of Gluster, an open source storage software company based in Bangalore — a company Red Hat acquired last year. Red Hat believes that Gluster’s technology can help customers in leveraging open source for cloud computing on commodity storage.
India’s steady rise as a hub of software development is corroborated by Evans Data’s Global Developer Population and Demographic Survey conducted in 2011, which states that by 2015, India will surpass the United States with more than 3.5 million professional software developers.
Besides the development community, Red Hat is also bullish on India as a market for its products, and Cormier cites the examples of large organizations such as NSE, Airtel, Reliance and IDEA, who are using Red Hat’s products.
Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat