EMC to open latest R&D centre in IsraelNov. 7, 2012
Big data and big storage need big solutions – and EMC is planning to tackle both with machine learning and data pattern recognition experts from Israel.
That's one aspect of the blueprint for activities in the new facility that the company is opening up in Israel, called EMC Labs.
The facility, which will open in the near future according to the company, is only the second such EMC facility in the world – with the other located in China.
EMC already has two R&D centres in Israel – in the tech centre of Herzliya, and the southern city of Beersheva, home of Ben Gurion University with which the R&D centre works very closely, said Ophir Kra-Oz, senior director of EMC's Greenplum division and general manager of the EMC R&D centre in Beersheva.
“There's a lot of elasticity in the cloud,” he said, and sometimes too much of a good thing can be overwhelming to data managers. Especially nowadays, when virtualised computing gives data managers access to vast resources, “it is harder to define the limits of data usage. You have so much virtual storage and computing ability, and so much freedom. But the storage and security choices you made yesterday are no longer relevant today, because the data circumstances have changed,” whether on the side of the data you need to crunch or store, or the resources available to you, said Kra-Oz.
“EMC Labs is more than an R&D centre, in that we are looking at products and services that go beyond what we do right now, but we believe that we can do innovative projects for big data and storage fairly quickly with the talents and resources we can find in Israel.”
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