Dell, Intel open big data innovation center in Singapore

The facility, set up together with Revolution Analytics, will provide training, proof-of-concept capabilities and solution development support on big data and predictive analytic innovations for the Asian market.

Dell, Intel and Revolution Analytics have set up a Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore, building on the country's push to become a hub for data centers and analytics.

The Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore will allow other firms to test-runs their projects.

The facility allows all three companies to leverage each other's expertise to provide training, proof-of-concept capabilities and solution development support for the Asian market, according to their joint statement on Monday.

It will also serve as a platform for other companies to test-run big data initiatives and proof-of-concepts for deployment. The training programs will be aimed at helping participants improve their data mining skills.

"In a world where analytics, big data and cloud are converging, the need to manage, monitor and predict business outcomes and market readiness is also changing," noted their statement.

They added the prevalence of tablets, smartphones and social media have also increased the urgency to mine intelligence from the tons of raw data, in turn feeding the push for big data plans and capabilities.

Training at the center will be done on a big data stack that includes Dell infrastructure using Intel's Xeon E5 processor-based servers, Intel 10GbE networking and Intel Solid State Drives with Cache Acceleration Software, the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software and Revolution Analytics Enterprise R predictive analytics software.

The facility will reside at the Dell Solution Center opened in 2011 to showcase its technologies and help enterprises test-bed new concepts.

The news comes less than 3 months after similar plans by EMC, which opened its Big Data Analytics Lab in Singapore to target small and midsize busineses (SMBs)

IDC expects big data spending in the Asia-Pacific excluding Japan to reach US$603 million in 2013, up 42.6 percent over 2012.


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