Force10 Networks inaugurates new innovation center in Chennai
Force10 Networks, Inc., a data center service provider has unveiled its new 44,000-square-foot facility that houses its India headquarters, development lab and data center in Olympia Technology Park. The new Innovation Center will expand its research and development (R&D) and support teams by fifty percent since April, 2010.
The company’s India-based strategic partner, which has been engaged to augment the skill sets of Force10’s Chennai team, has hired 80 engineers to carry out Force10’s development work in India. As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Force10 expects to nearly double its engineering team again by 2011.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by US Consulate General Andrew Simkin, executives from high-tech firms Aricent Networks, Tata Communications, and Ixia, and Force10’s Chennai employees. The company has invested US $18.5 million to establish and expand a Chennai-based R&D team as an extension to its US engineering operation. Force10 Networks intends to invest another US $10 million to outfit and operate its new 3,500-square-foot development lab, which is more than twice the size of its former lab. The new 1,500-square-foot data center also has doubled in size.
“We have achieved critical mass at our Chennai Innovation Center and we provide our engineers with the best-in-class work environment, including the opportunity to develop bleeding-edge technologies,” said Prakash Sripathy, vice president, India Operations for Force10 Networks. “The Chennai Innovation Center is well positioned and geared up to match the pace and scale of growth in new product development at Force10. We will continue to play a major role in expanding Force10’s footprint in the data center and enterprise market space.”
Force10’s ‘New College Graduate Program’, implemented in 2007, targets students in engineering and other disciplines at leading area universities, including the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras Institute of Technology, and the IIT Madras. New college graduates from these institutions make up 30 percent of the company’s total Chennai workforce. Force10 also intends to leverage partnerships with India-based tier-one engineering consulting firms.
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