MANHASSET, NY Hewlett-Packard's latest advanced research facility opening in Singapore Wednesday (Feb. 24) will embark on projects for using cloud computing to alter development of data centers and application design principles.
HP Labs Singapore will serve as a research hub in the Asia Pacific region.
"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," said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, and director, HP Labs, in a prepared statement.
Chris Whitney, director of HP Labs' Service Automation & Integration Lab, was tapped to be the Singapore Labs director, reporting to Banerjee.
The new lab will support a number of key cloud initiatives already underway at other HP Labs sites, such as the SAIL (Palo Alto, Calif.), and the Automated Infrastructure Lab based in Bristol, England.
Together, these three labs will work on Cirious, HP's vision for creating an enterprise cloud software platform.
It is not clear to what extent the Singapore government has been in the development of new research facility. "We cannot reveal that," said Banerjee, in a pre-briefing. Singapore already serves as the company's regional headquarters.
HP's Enterprise Business unit and HP Labs have already launched a number of data center related initiatives in Singapore to help businesses address current and future cloud computing needs.
As part of the Open Cirrus project, HP has partnered with Intel, Yahoo! and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore to create a global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education.
HP also has partnered with SingTel to form Singapore's largest commercial grid services platform called Alatum, under IDA's Grid Service Provisioning project. Alatum offers a variety of computing power, storage and software applications on a pay-per-use, on-demand and online basis.
The new Singapore facility is located in Fusionopolis, an industrial complex that houses public and private research institutes that share state-of-the-art IT and communications facilities and test beds.
Overall, HP Labs is organized into 19 labs located in six major sites: Palo Alto; Bangalore, India; Beijing, China; Bristol, UK; Haifa, Israel; and St. Petersburg, Russia. HP Labs also has research teams in Princeton, NJ, and in Barcelona, Spain.