SINGAPORE--Pivotal, the spinoff initiative from EMC and VMware, has set up a lab in Singapore, which will be its first dedicated to helping customers execute advanced big data analytics projects.
Called the Pivotal Innovation Center, it will help companies reduce the cost of getting started by providing the infrastructure and test bed for experiments and proof of concepts, said Melissa Ries, vice president and general manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan at Pivotal.
Pivotal will provide access to over US$8 million worth of its hardware and software. This includes resources and expertise in data science, agile application development, big data and cloud technologies.
The center will also house a showcase of prototype projects to help enterprises have an idea where and how to get started.
Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, noted that besides access to tools, companies would need to have their own expertise to use them. This is where the partnership with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will facilitate training for homegrown talent.
Under a center of attachment program, companies can send their employees for various training stints ranging from a 1 day workshop to a 12 week lab. They will be able to bring their own problems to get architectual guidance on their big data projects. The workshop costs and trainees' salaries will be co-funded by IDA for Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
The opening of the Pivotal Innovation Centre comes three weeks ahead of the launch of the company's enterprise Platform-as-a-Service product, Pivotal CF, which is powered by Cloud Foundry.