Acronis announced on Wednesday (July 29) the opening of a new research and development (R&D) centre in Singapore.
The research scope of the centre will include efficient data storage and processing, optimised data transfer protocols, data security and mobile data protection.
According to the data protection provider, this Singapore centre is set to become one of the largest and most advanced software research facilities in the region over the course of the next three years.
It added that it aims to hire 120 to 150 engineers, and is in fact already hiring dozens of local engineers, including fresh graduates and experienced researchers. Acronis will provide extensive training and mentoring for all new team members of the R&D, and will also establish direct relationships with universities and specific education departments to expand the pool of available IT specialists.
Acronis has already offered internships and mentorship opportunities to a number of universities and polytechnics in Singapore, and is open to form more partnerships in order to facilitate skill transfer and boost career opportunities for new graduates.
Currently, it is exploring collaborations with Data Storage Institute (DSI), Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) under A*STAR. Negotiations are also ongoing to establish close ties with local institutes of higher learning, with the likes of National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, and Temasek Polytechnic.
"Acronis is looking to participate in national projects that involve the collection and computing of big data in order to improve services. Any city that depends on data needs that data to be protected," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO and co-founder of Acronis. "For Acronis, it is a logical development. It is our way to give back to our home country and stimulate the economic development and productivity growth in Singapore, contributing to Singapore's initiative to become a Smart Nation."
In a media statement, Acronis also expressed its interest to collaborate with technology incubators, startups, innovation centres and other players in the region's innovation ecosystem. It added that its total investment in R&D in Singapore is expected to surpass S$55 million over the next five years.
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