Citrix Sets up Second Indian Product Development Center

Citrix Systems is investing $200 million over five years to set up a second research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore, India.

The new facility is expected to have 500 new engineering staff over the next five years, and will have engineering teams to do core development work across the Citrix Delivery Center product line, the company said.

The R&D center in Bangalore is the latest addition to Citrix's network of R&D facilities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Japan. Having centers in multiple time zones allows the company to have a 24-hour product development and support cycle, said Rakesh Singh, Citrix's vice president for products, and managing director of its Bangalore R&D center, on Wednesday.

Citrix got its first development center in Bangalore as a result of its acquisition in 2005 of NetScaler, a vendor of application acceleration technology. That center currently employs about 200 staff, and works on the development of a number of Citrix's products.

As Citrix expands its product line, and the development teams in India take more product development, management, and support responsibility, there is now the need for a second center, Singh said. India has an advantage as a development location both because of the availability of talented staff, and also because of its proximity to markets in India and South East Asia, he added.

The new facility handles all aspects of development including design, coding, functional testing, documentation, engineering, management and escalation, Singh said.

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