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Google to set up centre of excellence

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RECRUITMENT DRIVE: Peeyush Ranjan, Managing Director, Google India R&D, addressing a news conference in Hyderabad on Thrusday. — PHOTO: MOHAMMED YOUSUF
RECRUITMENT DRIVE: Peeyush Ranjan, Managing Director, Google India R&D, addressing a news conference in Hyderabad on Thrusday. — PHOTO: MOHAMMED YOUSUF

Google, the internet search giant, has announced plans to invest heavily in cloud computing by setting up a centre of excellence.

The new centre, to be based in Hyderabad, would focus on cloud computing and develop applications for Google clients worldwide. The company has announced plans to significantly enhance its headcount in the coming days to meet its requirements.

“We will hire hundreds of engineers. They will be generalists, not specialists as it will suit our requirement,” Google India's head of engineering Peeyush Ranjan told reporters here on Thursday. Google at present has 300 engineers working on cutting edge products in its Hyderabad and Bangalore centres and the company's overall headcount in the country is close to 2,000.

Cloud computing was set to bring paradigm shift in businesses as more and more enterprises were looking for deploying the technology which facilitates anytime and anywhere access on any device. Over one-lakh enterprises, small and medium businesses in particular, in India were using cloud technology at present.

On the Hyderabad centre, he said it was already working on several important areas like Google Applications and it would be the Google's largest centre for cloud computing playing a significant role in the development of cloud-based technologies.

Google unveiled WebP, the image compressing technology that was set to compete with Jpeg format widely used on the net at present. The open source downloadable application was set to become the de facto standard for images as its new (lossy) image compression technology would reduce the storage size of images significantly by removing details that did not make visual impact and, thereby, make the web much faster.


  • Unveils downloadable application WebP
  • Overall headcount in India is close to 2,000


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