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IDA partners with A*STAR Data for cloud computing

13 Sep 2013

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The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has agreed to collaborate with A*STAR Data Storage Institute to develop new cloud computing-based technologies as part of a larger effort to boost competitiveness among local ICT companies. The memorandum of understanding will build on IDA's cloud computing infrastructure as well as initiatives by the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network.

This collaboration seeks to promote and accelerate the adoption of cloud-based technologies by local ICT companies through solutions that will enhance efficiency and productivity based on industry needs. It also aims to simplify and facilitate the collaboration process between industry and technology providers. ICT companies are able to develop cloud-based solutions through IDA's Technology Evaluation Programme (TEP) and leverage on DSI's research & development capabilities to develop solutions for data protection, real-time computing and high performance, low cost systems for cloud storage based on capabilities such as hybrid drives for large scale storage and high performance data systems with next generation non-volatile memory.

"A crucial factor for increasing the success of Singapore-based information technology companies is for them to constantly differentiate themselves from their competitors through innovative solutions. IDA will help technology companies pursue innovative new products by better exploiting some of the great R&D outcomes generated in Singapore," said Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA. "We will also explore ways we can more actively use tools such as 'crowdsourcing' and 'crowdtesting' platforms to increase collaboration among our local start-ups, research institutions, and universities."

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