Andres Tennus

University of Tartu and Leil Storage forge strategic partnership to drive technological innovation in data storage

The University of Tartu and Leil Storage OÜ today announced a landmark Memorandum of Understanding that marks the beginning of a collaboration aimed at revolutionising the field of data storage. This strategic partnership brings together the academic excellence of the University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science and the cutting-edge technology expertise of Leil Storage to drive innovation, research, and development in the data storage sector.

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Tõnu Esko, Vice Rector for Development at the University of Tartu, and Aleksandr Ragel, CEO of Leil Storage, outlines the shared objectives and scope of collaboration between the two organisations. The University of Tartu and Leil Storage are committed to enhancing their research and innovation capacities by jointly developing and implementing research projects, exchanging scientific and technical information and personnel, and exploring opportunities for the commercialisation of their research outcomes.

Tõnu Esko, Vice Rector for Development at the University of Tartu, expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership, highlighting its importance: “Collaboration between academia and the private sector is crucial for creating innovative solutions to complex challenges. With the global data volume expanding exponentially, its environmental impact is a growing concern. Our joint effort will focus on developing more sustainable data storage methods, aiming to reduce the environmental footprint not just for the University of Tartu but for all entities managing large data sets.”

Aleksandr Ragel, CEO of Leil Storage, echoed these sentiments, saying, "We are excited to join forces with the University of Tartu, a recognised leader in research and innovation. This partnership will accelerate our efforts to develop green data storage solutions that are both environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced."

The scope of collaboration under this memorandum encompasses a wide range of activities, including contracted research and development projects, joint workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well as the joint publication of research papers and reports. Additionally, the partnership will foster student internships and projects, the transfer of technology and know-how, and the exploration of intellectual property protection and commercialization opportunities.

The key areas of focus for cooperation include efficient organisation of data in the file system, coding for error and erasure correction, coding for load balancing, data compression, and signal processing.

The University of Tartu and Leil Storage are excited to embark on this journey of technological innovation and look forward to pushing the boundaries of data storage solutions through their collaborative efforts.

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