DDN Opens advanced technology centre in Paris

DataDirect Networks (DDN), has opened a research and development centre in Paris, in response to strong demand the French market and across Europe for high-performance big data storage solutions.

DDN’s Newly Created Research and Development Centre, located in the Meudon area of Paris, will develop advanced end-to-end data lifecycle management technology, and a local technical presence for its European customer base - increasing scope for innovation and collaboration.

‘The brilliance of the researchers, scientists and engineers coming out of universities throughout Europe and nurtured in its enterprises, has compelled us to make a significant investment measured in tens of millions of euros to create a large-scale advanced technology Centre in Paris, France’ said Alex Bouzari, DDN CEO and Co-founder.

‘DDN has achieved significant success in deploying its end-to-end data lifecycle management solutions in a large number of leading European enterprises, universities and Government agencies, from the financial services sector to manufacturing, energy, medical, genomics, cloud and pure research environments,’

DDN is currently hiring developers, support personnel and field sales engineers with staffing targets set to exceed 50 employees in 2016. The Centre will be a focal point for DDN’s research efforts focused on innovation in areas such as end-to-end, big data lifecycle management, analytics and application acceleration.

‘This Centre will not only be one of our flagship research and development facilities in the World, it will also be an ideal incubator and platform for collaboration, joint innovation and support for our many valued European partners and customers’ added Bouzari.

The new centre will provide an increased capacity for research and support for DDN’s partnerships with local universities and customers in the Paris area including collaboration with the University of Versailles and the Velizey Engineering School (ISTY). These partnerships will include teaching at the French universities, as well as research collaboration with CEA, the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission.

Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager of high-performance Computing, SGI said: ‘The French and European High-Performance Computing markets continue to flourish as users in industry rely more on HPC to gain a competitive advantage. DDN’s new Advanced Research and Development Centre demonstrates the growing significance of HPC in France and across Europe, and its dedication to investing in talent, partnerships and customers to continue to address the increasingly complex HPC and data challenges.’

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