Riding on the big data wave, Dell, Intel Corporation and Revolution Analytics — a commercial provider of software and services based on open source R project for statistical computing — has announced the creation of the Big Data Innovation Centre in Singapore.
Housed at Dell Solution Centre in Singapore, the Big Data Innovation Centre will provide training programmes, proof-of-concept capabilities and solution development support on big data and predictive analytic innovations for Asia.
The creation of this centre aims to boost the adoption rate of big data technologies. A recent NCS SURF Emerging Technology Index revealed that only 9 percent of Singapore companies plans to adopt big data solutions in 2013 even though the general interest from most sectors in it is generally positive.
Sumir Bhatia, Dell's enterprise solutions regional director for South Asia, said at a media briefing today that the Big Data Innovation Center provides the platform for companies to "test-run big data workloads and initiatives to understand how big a difference it could make in their business".
Revolution Analytics will also use the centre to equip participants with the "necessary skill sets and big data analytics training to companies", said Laurence Liew, managing director of Revolution Analytics Asia-Pacific.
He added that the training will equip statisticians with knowledge of Hadoop, how to leverage it and other technologies, while IT professionals will be taught statistics. This fills the knowledge gap of the participants, allowing them a more complete understanding of how they could take advantage of big data solutions.
Training will be done on a big data stack that includes Dell infrastructure using latest Intel Xenon E5 processor-based servers, Intel 10GbE networking and Intel Solid State Drivers with Cache Acceleration Software, Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software and Revolution Analytics Enterprise R predictive analytics software.
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