Force10 Networks Inc., provider of data centre and network services, has inaugurated a 44,000 sq. ft. innovation centre in Chennai that will house its development lab and data centre.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday to mark the opening of the new facility, Prakash Sripathy, Vice-President, India Operations, said the move to set up new innovation centre, which was 30 per cent larger than its former facility, came on the fifth anniversary of Force10's India's operations.

The company had already invested $18.5 million to establish and expand a Chennai-based world-class R&D team as an extension to its U.S. engineering operation. The company had also planned to invest another $10 million to set up and operate its new 3,500-sq. ft. development lab, which was more than twice the size of its former lab. The new 1,500-sq. ft. data centre also had doubled in size.

Mr. Sripathy said the company had expanded its research and development (R&D) and support teams by 50 per cent since April, 2010. Moreover, the company's India-based strategic partner, who had been engaged to augment the skill sets of Force10's Chennai team, had hired 80 engineers to carry out its development work in India. As part of its ongoing growth strategy, the company expected to nearly double its engineering team again by 2011.

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