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SaaS startup Clumio taps into Indian talent, launches R&D center in Bengaluru

Some of the solutions developed by Clumio Research and Development Center with the support of its India team includes the recent addition of Microsoft 365 to its secure backup as a service.

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Last Updated: May 28, 2020, 12.19 PM IST
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The team also built the REST API platform for Clumio.
BENGALURU: SaaS-powered firm Clumio on Thursday announced the launch of the Clumio Research and Development Center in Bengaluru.

Founded in 2017 in Santa Clara, California by Poojan Kumar, Kaustubh Patil and Woon Jung, Clumio provides a secure backup as a service for enterprises that reduces the cost and replaces the complexity of managing data across all clouds with a SaaS-powered approach. The firm aims to build and deliver SaaS-based data protection services on its platform built on AWS in its R&D center.

The firm is hiring to fill roles across Software Engineering, Cloud Operations and Customer Support and Success. It is also creating a strong base in India already having 34 employees and planning to expand to more than 70 by the end of 2020.

“A lot of companies, including multi-billionaire companies, take years to enter India. However, Clumio is a young startup and we started our operations in India very early. We are eager to tap into the great talent that is available in India. The India center will have its own charter and will play a big part in innovation to build cloud solutions,” Poojan Kumar, CEO and co-founder, Clumio, told ET Digital.

The firm’s other R&D center is present in San Jose and the India center will also act as support for the global team. The engineering teams will play an integral part in product development and building best-in-class technology solutions.

Some of the solutions developed by Clumio Research and Development Center with the support of its India team includes the recent addition of Microsoft 365 to its secure backup as a service. The team also built the REST API platform for Clumio.

When asked if Covid-19 was an opportunistic timing to announce the opening of R&D operations in India since people are now understanding the importance of cloud computing and data backup, Kumar said the movement to cloud will only accelerate from here.

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In Pic: Poojan Kumar, co-founder, Clumio and Sandeep Soni, Vice President of Engineering, India operations.


“Every CIO that we talked to is basically saying that what they were going to achieve in the next 10 years, they now want to achieve in the next five. COVID-19 is going to make it harder for enterprises to do things themselves. It's hard to expect people to touch stuff and be present physically and people no longer want to put anything in the physical data centers. Companies want to leverage the cloud because it's all seamless and touchless,” he said.

He added that automation is the key here and companies are realising that cloud services and cloud providers are available to get the job done without requiring as much manpower.

Sandeep Soni, GM and Vice President of Engineering, India operations, gave his two cents on India’s position in the adoption of cloud services. “We are somewhere in the beginner and the intermediate stage. As far as adopting cloud technology is concerned, I think the US market is a little ahead, but we are getting there. Because a lot of cloud-based offerings and subscription models are being popped up in the media for people to consume and people are becoming more and more open to adopting,” he said.

He added that every major cloud provider from AWS to Azure to GCP has a planned region or a planned expansion in India which indicates that there is a healthy demand for cloud services in the country.

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