Acronis opens R&D facility in Singapore


31 July 2015
Sergei Beloussov of Acronis

Global data protection company Acronis has opened an R&D centre in Singapore. The company said the centre is set to become one of the largest software research facilities in Singapore and in the steady stage will host 120-150 engineers. Research scope of the centre, it said, will include efficient data storage and processing, optimised data transfer protocols, data security and mobile data protection.

According to Acronis, the total investment in R&D in Singapore is expected to surpass S$55 million over the next five years. The company aims to hire local engineers and will provide extensive training and mentoring for all new team members of the R&D centre, nurturing them to become senior engineers and managers in the future.

Mark Shmulevich, Acronis' chief strategy and operations officer, said, “Our strategy focuses on global technological leadership. Acronis’ research facility in Singapore will become a software R&D centre that may be one of the largest and most advanced in the region in 3 years from now.”

Acronis will be hiring dozens of local engineers starting already this year, both experienced researchers and fresh graduates, he added. “We will establish direct relationships with the universities and specific education departments to expand the pool of available IT specialists. In addition to internal research, Acronis is planning to conduct joint research with A*STAR institutes and other local organisations.”

Acronis has already offered internships and mentorship opportunities to a number of universities and polytechnics in the country and is open to form more partnerships in order to facilitate skill transfer and create opportunities for the new graduates to make a career with a global IT company.

Additionally, Acronis is exploring collaborations with Data Storage Institute (DSI), Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) under A*STAR. Negotiations are also under way to establish close ties with local institutes of higher learning including NUS, NTU, SMU and Temasek Polytechnic.

“Acronis is looking to participate in national projects that involve the collection and computing of big data in order to improve services. Any city that depends on data needs that data to be protected,” said Serguei Beloussov (pictured above), CEO of Acronis.

He added, “For Acronis, it is a logical development. It is our way to give back to our home country and stimulate the economic development and productivity growth in Singapore, contributing to Singapore’s initiative to become a Smart Nation.”

Acronis was founded in Singapore in 2001 as a part of SWsoft, a technology firm which pioneered web hosting automation software. In 2003 Acronis branched out as a separate business unit, enlarging its footprint in the Asia Pacific region, Japan and the western countries. The company brought its international headquarters back to Singapore from Switzerland in September 2014.