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A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute & Fujitsu Asia to Establish First SAN Academy in Singapore

Facility to foster R&D, training and offer end-user services for Storage Area Network (SAN) technologies

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, May 07, 2007

With the explosion of digital information in the last few years, organizations globally are facing a real challenge of managing storage systems that will have to keep up with the endless stream of data and information being generated and received.

Hence, Singapore’s first dedicated R&D centre to advance high performance Storage Area Network (SAN) technologies, SAN Academy, was open today under a strategic partnership between A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) and Fujitsu Asia.

The academy, located at Technopreneur Centre, marks the first step by both parties to jointly research and develop high performance Storage Area Network (SAN) technologies.

In line with DSI’s vision to establish Singapore as a regional training hub for network storage technologies, the SAN Academy will be open to end-users and interested participants – comprising IT professionals, academics and researchers – for access to a wealth of knowledge in areas of storage networking such as:

  • modelling, simulation and design
  • multi-tier security implementation
  • research and development

In this partnership, Fujitsu Asia will deploy its ETERNUS SAN system at the academy. In return, DSI will provide its heterogeneous computing infrastructure and cutting-edge equipment at the Network Storage Technology research laboratory located within the academy.

The SAN Academy will undertake activities centred on the ETERNUS range of SAN systems. Examples of such activities include:

  • joint studies on next-generation storage networking technologies
  • training and certification programmes
  • workshops and seminars
  • product demonstrations
  • proof-of-concept testing
  • interoperability, benchmarking and other test services

“Fujitsu Asia has many decades of experience in developing state-of-the art network storage systems and other hardware products, and we are proud to be the strategic partner of A*STAR for the SAN Academy,” said Mr Masaki Kajiyama, President of Singapore Operations at Fujitsu Asia. “Visitors to the centre can tap on our expertise to gain valuable insights on developing, implementing and managing high-reliability SAN systems.”

Professor Chong Tow Chong, Executive Director of DSI, said: “We are happy to partner Fujitsu Asia in this collaboration, as DSI continues to move ahead towards being a premier centre of excellence in data storage innovation and storage networking education. This partnership will generate more network storage professionals to meet the growing demand of the storage networking industry in Singapore.”

Mr Lim Swee Nian, Executive Director (Electronics) of Singapore Economic Development Board said: "We are pleased that Fujitsu Asia has chosen Singapore/Data Storage Institute to establish the SAN Academy and undertake joint studies on next-generation storage networking technologies. This is in line with EDB's strategy of extending our strengths in the enterprise hard disk drive to support the fast growing network storage systems market and will certainly strengthen Singapore's status as a data storage hub for Asia".

It is projected that the worldwide disk storage system market will exceed US$30 billion by the year 2010. Singapore, being ranked third on the Networked Readiness Index by the World Economic Forum last year, will certainly in the position to attract and grow the network storage industry through multi-collaboration with world leading companies such as Fujitsu Asia. The SAN Academy will be operational by 7 May 2007.

About the Data Storage Institute

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 next generation storage technologies. DSI is a member of the non-profit Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) of USA. For more information, please visit

About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSW: 6702), a leader in customer-centric IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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Date: 07 May, 2007
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd