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HP Launches Cloud Lab In Singapore

The third HP research lab in the Asia-Pacific region will participate in cloud and collaborative computing research.

HP is opening a new research lab in Singapore Wednesday illustrating its continued investment in research and development and its view of the Asia Pacific region as one of its most promising areas of expansion.

Prith Banerjee, senior VP of research and director of HP Labs, said the new facility is part of HP's effort to translate findings in the lab more quickly into products in the marketplace.

The lab's director will be Chris Whitney, formerly HP's director of the Service Automation and Integration Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. Whitney is assembling his lab staff, Banerjee said in a Feb. 19 telecast. The lab will be located in the ultramodern Fusionopolis complex in Singapore.

Cloud computing is a key research initiative for HP and the Singapore facility will participate in cloud and collaborative computing research, Banerjee said. "Cloud is one of the eight pillars [of future computing] that we've identified," he said.

HP has already joined a partnership that launched the Open Cirrus project in Singapore last year to create a multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing. Its partners include Intel, Yahoo, and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, he said.

Another project is the Alatum, the largest supplier of commercial grid services in Singapore, which HP built with SingTel, the Singapore telecommunications provider. Alatum offers computing infrastructure, storage, and software applications on a pay-per-use basis or software-as-a-service basis. Fifteen independent software companies are participating. The group has 70 customers, Banerjee said.

Automating IT operations is another key area of research, and Banerjee said the Singapore lab will work closely with its Automated Infrastructure Lab in Bristol, England, and its Service Automation and Integration Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The three labs together will work on a private cloud software platform, Cirious, "HP's vision for creating an enterprise cloud software platform," Banerjee said.

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