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February 23, 2010

HP opens new research facility in Singapore

To work on projects that re-examine data centre and application design principles

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has opened a new research facility in Singapore, which will support key cloud initiatives already underway at other HP Labs sites, including collaborating closely with the Service Automation and Integration Lab (SAIL) based in Palo Alto, California and the Automated Infrastructure Lab (AIL) based in Bristol, England. Together, these three labs will work on Cirious.

Together, the three labs will work on Cirious, the company’s vision for creating an enterprise cloud software platform. HP said that the lab will work closely with customers, partners, business divisions and academia to generate advancements that will drive research for Cirious.

The company said that the new facility will work on various projects that fundamentally re-examine data centre and application design principles to explore how future cloud computing needs will be met.

HP’s Enterprise Business unit and HP Labs have already launched various data centre related initiatives in Singapore to help businesses address current and future cloud computing needs.

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As part of the Open Cirrus project, HP has partnered with Intel, Yahoo! and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore to create a multi-data centre, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education. The company also partnered with SingTel to form Singapore’s commercial grid services platform called Alatum, under IDA’s Grid Service Provisioning project.

HP Labs Singapore is the company’s third research facility in the Asia Pacific region and seventh worldwide. The facility is located in Fusionopolis, an industrial complex that houses public and private research institutes that share IT and communications facilities and test beds.

Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research and director at HP Labs, said: “Our new lab in Singapore is a key component of the transformation strategy put in motion less than three years ago to accelerate our pace of technology transfer and bring a variety of advancements to market. HP Labs Singapore aligns very closely with HP’s strategic growth areas and significantly expands the resources we bring to bear on our customers’ biggest opportunities and challenges.”

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