VMware has announced plans to invest US$1billion over the next years for market development and innovation in China.
As part of its new strategic initiatives, VMware has established VMware Labs Asia in China.
The aim of this lab will be to diversify technology innovation through partnership with academia, developers, open technology and partner communities in the country.
VMware Labs Asia will be led by Ying Li, managing director, VMware Labs Asia, who will report to Sanjay Mirchandani, senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware.
“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 Mirchandani.
“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.
China is one of the fastest growing cloud markets in the world with a growth rate of 25 percent for the period 2014-2017. 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 percent, according to IDC.
“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.
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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.
VMware’s Linux VDI solution delivers centralized management capabilities of Linux desktops, and also allows users to securely access their Linux desktops from mobile devices when outside the office, the company said.
VMware is expanding its partner approach to jointly develop new models and opportunities together with China’s academic and research community at the university.