Acronis and A*Star’s Data Storage Institute in joint research

  • R&D project to focus on scalable deduplication of distributed data storage
  • This is necessary to eliminate redundant data and reduce cloud storage footprints

ACRONIS has announced the launch of a joint research project between its research and development (R&D) centre and A*Star’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) in Singapore.
The research is aimed at “pushing the limits of data protection innovation and setting new standards in efficiency, security, availability, and accessibility of cloud-based storage,” Acronis said in a statement.
A*Star is the Singaporean Government’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.
Specifically, the joint research project will focus on scalable deduplication of distributed data storage, which is a necessary technology to eliminate redundant data and reduce cloud storage footprints, Acronis said.
Preliminary studies indicate that there is a potential to reduce stored data volumes by half, which is directly beneficial to data centre providers, data protection companies, and the industry in general, the company claimed.
The research represents the first joint project between the Acronis R&D centre in Singapore, the company’s core research facility for data security and storage innovation, and A*Star.
Acronis said it is committed to growing collaboration with DSI and other A*Star institutes in the areas of mutual interest, and is planning to invest over S$20 million (US$14.3 million) to support the development of new technologies.
Acronis and A*Star’s Data Storage Institute in joint research“We are honored to work with A*Star in the area of distributed data storage to address the critical need for cutting-edge technology and increased storage capacity to meet growing data protection demands worldwide,” said Acronis chief strategy and operations officer Mark Shmulevich (pic).
“To further advance towards this goal, we are planning to launch additional joint research projects with our Singapore partners in the coming months,” he added.
With its international headquarters in Singapore, Acronis established a new R&D centre in 2015 to expand its research efforts in a country that has top-notch talent, world-class universities, and an innovation-focused government.
The joint research project with DSI is the first step in building local research capabilities for Acronis in Singapore, the company said.
“Singapore is a unique country for universities and other institutes of higher learning, with A*Star and state-run programmes like the Smart Nation, putting it at the level of leading countries in the world for its potential for technology innovation,” said Acronis cofounder and chief executive officer Serguei Beloussov.
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