Clumio Launches Research and Development Center in Bengaluru to Expand SaaS-Based Data Protection

Clumio, a provider of SaaS for enterprise backup, has launched the Clumio Research and Development Center in Bengaluru to begin operations in India.

The startup, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., was co-founded in 2017 by Poojan Kumar, Kaustubh Patil and Woon Jung, and to date has raised $186 million in funding through Series A, B, and C.

The center will be an integral part of Clumio’s capability to build and deliver services on its platform built on AWS. According to Clumio, the service leverages modern cloud capabilities, including more than 10 major AWS services, to ensure it meets the current and future backup requirements of the demanding enterprises.

The Clumio Research and Development Center in India is a strategic investment for the company to innovate and build SaaS-based data protection solutions. The company already has 34 employees and is planning to expand to more than 70 by the end of 2020.

“When multi-national companies go to India, they generally go as an afterthought. Their ‘when’ and ‘why’ are different from Clumio. ‘When’ is very late for them, sometimes 10 years in. For instance, a $45B collaboration software company went only a couple years ago. The ‘why’ is often only for cost reasons. Clumio is unique in that we went to India within 18 months of our founding. The ‘why’ was very pure—to tap into the big candidate pool in India and not for cost reasons—it’s for the talent. This will enable us to have the Clumio Research and Development Center be part of the DNA of the company—not an afterthought.” said Poojan Kumar, CEO and co-founder, Clumio.

According to Clumio, the center in India will not just act as support for the global team. It has its own charter and will drive front-end innovation and research to build cloud solutions from the ground up. The engineering teams will play an integral part in product development and building best-in-class technology solutions. To enable this, Clumio drives an entrepreneurial mind-set giving employees complete responsibility and fosters a culture of innovation.

“India has a huge talent pool in technology and it is only growing as top-tier Indian educational institutes such as IIT’s, BIT’s, NIT’s produce new graduates. Just like the country skipped the evolution of landline-based communication for cell phones, this upcoming ambitious generation of talent is going to skip any kind of on-premises software development. SaaS services in the public cloud are going to be the draw. Clumio provides the perfect platform for them to build this," said Sandeep Soni, GM and vice president of engineering, India operations, Clumio.

The existing generation of developers needs to pivot their careers and learn how to build in the cloud, Soni added. "Building a great startup with a strong vision and taking it to fruition, on strong technical fundamentals, requires one to balance the exuberance and energy of youth with the direction provided by the steady steering of experience. Clumio has already assembled senior engineers with this pivot ambition and they are paving the way for the next generation to directly jump to the cloud."

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