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IDA and HP Enable Enterprises to Adapt to Changing Business Environments

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Hewlett Packard (HP) Singapore today launched Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore, a projected S$22 million strategic collaboration designed to enable enterprises to ...

Singapore, 23 March 2004 | For Immediate Release

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Hewlett Packard (HP) Singapore today launched Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore, a projected S$22 million strategic collaboration designed to enable enterprises to benefit from grid and utility technologies.

A Memorandum of Intent (MOI) was signed between IDA and HP to explore the emerging technologies of grid and utility computing in Singapore. Building on Singapore's well-established infrastructure1, the three-year Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore collaboration will see the deployment of these technologies that are designed to spur new growth areas such as online games and digital media.

"This partnership with HP is in line with IDA's role to develop capabilities in new technologies for the benefit of Singapore users and the infocomm industry. The application of new grid and utility computing solutions across the various industries promises significant cost-savings and new economic activities," said Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Chief Executive Officer, IDA.

The framework of this collaboration is based on HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy, which recognises how enterprises require IT infrastructures that scale and flex according to business needs.

"HP is privileged to work in partnership with IDA to advance grid and utility computing technologies in Singapore. Like any business, Singapore faces the challenges of a fast-changing economic climate and competition in the global marketplace. We firmly believe that this collaboration will propel innovations and drive new business engines that provide Singapore the edge to compete," said Mr Tan Choon Seng, Vice President and Managing Director, HP Southeast Asia and Singapore.

The Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore collaboration aims to help enterprises tap on grid and utility technology through research & development, vertical clusters test-bedding, and enterprise and manpower development.

The first two initiatives to take off under Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore are Games Bazaar and Global Operational Grid.

First Vertical Cluster to Take Off Under Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore

The Games Bazaar is a scalable environment that allows game companies, publishers and distributors to deploy their game titles regionally with low initial capital costs. Led by IDA, and supported by HP and SingTel EXPAN, the Games Bazaar offers a utility pricing model, so games companies can pay for hosting services and bandwidth based on what they use.

The deployment provides Singapore with a flexible IT infrastructure and low-cost data centre management capabilities. In essence, it brings about greater speed and business agility that is essential for competing in the high growth online games industry. According to IDC, the Asian online games market could hit US$1 billion by 20062.

Singapore Now Part of the Global Operational Grid

A second initiative is a concerted research and development effort under Adaptive Enterprise @ Singapore to establish Singapore as the first Asia-Pacific node within the Global Operational Grid. This initiative is undertaken by HP and National Grid Office (NGO), supported by IDA.

This Global Operational Grid is being built by a worldwide consortium of partners, including e-Science in the United Kingdom, Tera-Grid in the US, CERN and HP. The Grid addresses the complex computational problems presented by scientific research.

"True grid is an international community effort that benefits from collaboration. To this end, we are pleased that Singapore is the first Asia-Pacific nation to join CERN's operational grid which provides the framework for solving real business applications. Grid technology is a major building block for the adaptive enterprise and will become increasingly important for commercial applications," said Dick Lampman, Senior Vice President of Research and Director of HP Labs.

Singapore's research institutes and institutes of higher learning will benefit from the connection to CERN and the worldwide research community. This will act as the catalyst for collaborations on R&D projects, creating new intellectual property, developing talents, and accelerating knowledge transfer.

Dr Cheok Beng Teck, Director of the National Grid Office, said, "In developing an operational grid, we will work with HP and its partners to deploy technologies to make the National Grid Pilot Platform3 more robust, resilient, usable and adaptable as well as extend our international network connectivity. This partnership model of working with technology leaders is an excellent example of collaboration - in the true spirit of grid computing."

With this Global Operational Grid, organisations can take advantage of time zone differences to tap on unused computing resources regardless of geographic location. Organisations embarking on new research initiatives that require heavy computing power can also tap on the IT resources of the Grid without acquiring new hardware. This helps reduce the total cost of IT ownership.

The global consortium will also drive the commercial viability of the operational grid. making it the first global commercial grid. As a key partner, Singapore is in a prime position to shape the IT landscape of the future.


Notes to Editor:

1 Singapore is the most connected city in Asia with more than 10 Gbps of extensive and direct Internet connectivity to over 20 countries. This comprises 4 Gbps to the USA and over 140 Mbps to Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Japan, India, Korea, Taiwan and China. In addition, Singapore?s direct Internet connectivity to major ASEAN countries is at least 70 Mbps.

2IDC online gaming reports, May 2003.

3The National Grid Pilot Platform is the first phase of Singapore's cyberinfrastructure. This high speed network connecting technical computing resources has been conceived in response for a pragmatic approach to develop a cyber-infrastructure in Singapore. The NGPP aims to support Grid Computing for academia, research and industry.

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The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) develops, promotes and regulates info-communications in Singapore, with the aim of establishing Singapore as one of the world's premier infocomm capitals. To nurture an internationally competitive infocomm industry, IDA offers a comprehensive range of programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more information, visit

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