Dell is pledging its support for a series of university research projects aimed at improving compute and networking technologies.
The company said that it would be joining forces with a number of schools to back projects affiliated with the Internet2 initiative.
The projects, which are being conducted with Arizona State University, Clemson University and Indiana University, will include the development of big data platforms, open-source frameworks and storage systems for use in research and development operations.
Additionally, the company said that it would be partnering with Clemson to launch a hosted system that would allow researchers to purchase time shares on computing nodes to perform calculations for their projects.
Other projects include the development of private cloud implementations for universities and an "incubator" programme to craft tools for big data analytics.
"Working with the Internet2 community members from higher education, industry, government, and not-for-profit organisations, we recognise the pivotal role research plays in driving innovation," said Dell state and local government education vice president and general manager John Mullen.
"We know the importance of creating and offering solutions and services that will best serve researchers to ultimately help them solve complex problems and make life-changing discoveries."
With qualified big data professionals in short supply, vendors have stepped up their efforts to develop curriculum and train students in the use of large-scale data analytics platforms. Among the firms that have sought to build university programmes are IBM and EMC.
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