IDA Singapore Partners A*STAR DSI to Enhance Competitiveness of Local ICT Companies Through Innovative Cloud-Enabled Technologies

Singapore, Singapore, September 14, 2013 --( 1. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to jointly develop innovative cloud computing-powered technological solutions for the benefit of local ICT companies.

2. 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. Solutions provided will build upon the foundations laid by the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) and IDA’s cloud computing infrastructure.

3. The partnership 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.

4. “The adoption of cloud computing is radically transforming the technological landscape and the ability to achieve greater affordability and on-demand scalability. A green and secured foundation in cloud architecture remains critical in staying ahead of this digital paradigm shift,” said Dr Pantelis Alexopoulos, Executive Director of A*STAR DSI. “We are committed to a long term vision in improving cloud services and endeavour to support the ICT industry by taking this step forward.”

5. “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 startups, research institutions, and universities.”

Jointly issued by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy.

In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries.

A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. Please visit

About the Data Storage Institute (DSI)

The Data Storage Institute (DSI) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 1992 as the Magnetics Technology Centre (MTC), it was renamed Data Storage Institute in 1996. The research institute’s vision is to be a vital node in a global community of knowledge generation and innovation, nurturing research talents and capabilities for world-class R&D in net generation storage technologies.

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About the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)

The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. For more news and information, visit
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