The local office of Taiwanese computer maker Acer has launched in the Philippines its newest Intel Xeon-powered Altos Servers in a fresh attempt at capturing the enterprise segment.
Top Acer Philippines executives led by country manager Manuel Wong and marketing director Sue Ong-Lim took part in the launch event held on Wednesday, June 26, at the New World Renaissance Hotel in Makati City.
The company’s Altos Servers are produced by its Altos Computing unit, which was originally an American tech firm based in California before it was acquired by Acer in 1990.
This is not the first time that Acer is taking a stab at the enterprise space. Years back, it launched its line of servers in the local market but gained little traction.
However, the company is in a comeback trail in recent years and even donated a supercomputer to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) February 2018.
The supercomputer allowed the business school’s research and development (R&D) facility to take home the Technological Innovation of the Year award, conferred by the first Asia Awards, organized by London-based Times Higher Education (THE).
The facility, which is AIM’s first R&D facility in the Philippines, is optimized for artificial intelligence technology.
AIM bested leading universities in Asia in the technological innovation category for its corporate laboratory called Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems Laboratory or ACCeSs@AIM, which was established to complement existing academic programs and bridge the gap between theory and practice for research-led teaching in higher education.
One of the key features of the ACCeSs@AIM is the Acer supercomputer, which is a first of its kind in the country and one of the fastest supercomputing devices in the ASEAN region. It boasts an expansive storage capacity of 500 terabytes and computing speed of up to 500 teraflops.
The supercomputer was donated through StanShih Foundation, led by Acer co-Founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih as head start to AIM’s new laboratory.
The Asia Awards judges cited ACCeSs@AIM as an innovative facility that “has given students a vital ability to learn with leading-edge technology that they can take into their future employment.”
Of this innovation, New York University dean for science and Filipino-American biologist Michael Purugganan said the R&D facility is a testament that the Philippines is not lagging in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
“It shows what dedicated and brilliant faculty, resources and vision can do to propel us forward,” Purugganan said during the awarding ceremony.
ACCeSs@AIM was launched to complement the Institute’s Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program, the pioneering data science Master’s Program in the country and one of the firsts in the region.