New Framework of Strategic Collaboration Initiated in China to Focus on Ecosystem of Academia, Developer, Open Technology and Partner Communities; Linux Virtual Desktop Solution First Project Planned Under VMware Labs Asia; US$1Billion Investment Planned to Further Development and Innovation in China
BEIJING, CHINA and PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2014) - VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced VMware Labs Asia has been established. Under this new framework, VMware aims to expand and diversify technology innovation through joint solution development. Initiated in China, VMware aims to deepen its reach into the technology ecosystem with the purpose of collaborating with academia, developer, open technology and partner communities in the country. The first project under VMware Labs Asia is a Linux-based VDI solution that will address the unique market opportunity for open technologies in China.
In addition, as part of its strategic effort in the country, VMware plans a US$1billion investment over the next five years to be dedicated to market development and innovation specifically in China.
"China is an innovation epicenter that presents VMware with a unique opportunity to participate in an expanded and more diverse joint solution development cycle under the VMware Labs Asia framework," said Sanjay Mirchandani, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware. "VMware Labs Asia will embrace new innovation models together with ecosystem partners with the aim of delivering breakthrough innovation initially in China and beyond," Mirchandani added.
The VMware Labs Asia program will operate under VMware's Asia Pacific and Japan organization and be led by Dr. Ying Li, managing director, VMware Labs Asia. Ying Li recently led EMC China's Center of Excellence and will report to Sanjay Mirchandani. He will work within the framework of VMware Labs Asia with engineering resources to support customers and partners in close collaboration with the global office of the VMware CTO as well as VMware China's sales and R&D leadership. VMware's R&D Center in China will continue to be led by Alan Ren, managing director, China R&D, VMware.
"By developing technology solutions in close coordination with the broader ecosystem, VMware will address market-specific requirements together with partners and other communities to rapidly develop and ship new innovation for the China market and beyond," said Ying Li. "VMware Labs Asia will give VMware an advantage as we assemble and combine the expertise of multiple stakeholders to embrace the new era of technology development," Li added.
According to IDC, China will continue to be one of the world's fastest-growing cloud markets, evidenced by a 2014-2017 growth rate of 25%. China's total public cloud market is expected to grow from US$1.659b in 2014 to US$3.053b in 2017, representing a CAGR of 23%, according to IDC1.
The first project initiated under VMware Labs Asia is the development of Linux virtual desktops in China and based on the latest Linux requirements set forth by the China Linux Consortium. This effort will expand the virtual desktop options available to customers as Linux desktop use has increased in China among enterprise users, thus making more secure management a top priority among IT administrators focused on corporate compliance.
The introduction of Linux VDI is a natural expansion of VMware's end user computing strategy to provide a more secure virtual workspace for more productive workers. In addition to delivering centralized management capabilities of Linux desktops, VMware's Linux VDI solution will allow users to securely access their Linux desktops from mobile devices when outside the office.
Ecosystem Collaboration and Support
VMware Labs Asia has begun discussions with academia, developer, open technology and partner communities in China.
"The IT industry has become a key pillar of growth for China's economic success. Industry growth, talent development and training are critical to the industry's further development and it's a promising sign that VMware is expanding its partner approach to jointly develop new models and opportunities together with China's academic and research community at the university.
- Yang Fuqing, academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences and professor, Peking University
- Read a blog post by Victor Thu, director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware about the VMware Linux Virtual Desktop Solution
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