Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM Announce Supercomputing Center

  Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM Announce
                            Supercomputing Center

Students to gain Big Data & Analytics, Cybersecurity and other STEM skills at
new university

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y. and LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 13, 2014

ARMONK, N.Y. and LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Florida
Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today
announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high
performance systems, software and cloud-based storage, to help educate
students in emerging technology fields.

IBM Corporation logo.

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University
System of Florida and the only one dedicated exclusively to science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Florida Polytechnic University
will welcome its inaugural class of 500 students in August.

The center, which is being developed with the support of premier IBM Business
Partner Flagship Solutions,will house an IBM supercomputerandis designed to
provide students with an opportunity to receive hands-on training and
experience using high performance computing systems. The supercomputing center
will support concentrations at Florida Polytechnic University such as
Cybersecurity, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud Virtualization and other
engineering and computer science emphases as well as being harnessed for
research projects led by faculty members and graduate students.

Today's news builds on IBM's recent announcement of new collaboration with 28
Universities and Business Schools to help train tomorrow's data scientists.
Florida Polytechnic University intends to work with IBM's Academic Initiative,
which includes a network of more than 30,000 unique partnerships between IBM
and higher education professionals to help advance curriculum in areas such as
Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing, Security and Social Business.

"Florida Polytechnic University's STEM-based mission is directly aligned with
the business models of IBM and Flagship, and it has been very satisfying to
work with the leadership at those two firms to make the Supercomputer happen
on an expeditious timeline," said Tom Hull, Vice President and CIO for Florida
Polytechnic University. "After considering the mission of the University, I
realized that an IBM Supercomputer Complex could satisfy our need for a High
Performance Computing center and a Student Data Center for both our curriculum
and applied research at a high level. The highly technical talent at Flagship
and IBM has been instrumental in helping enhance the idea of a Supercomputer
at Florida Polytechnic University. We have architected a complex that will
enable the technical ambitions and programs of this new University."

Florida Polytechnic University is the 12thstate sponsored university in
Florida and the only one focused entirely on STEMeducation and research. Upon
opening in August, Florida Polytechnic University will have two colleges, six
undergraduate degree programs, two master's programs and 19 cutting-edge
concentrations. To help form its Cybersecurity concentration curriculum,
Florida Polytechnic University faculty met with members of the IBM Academic
Initiative program to discuss the skills and topics required to best prepare
its students for an age of ever-increasing cyber-threats.

"Florida Polytechnic University is a leading example of how universities can
take the latest technologies and place them into the hands of students to
prepare them for Florida's technology workforce," said Tom Mitchell, VP of
Sales and Marketing, Flagship Solutions. "Flagship Solutions worked closely
with the University to understand their grand vision to deliver on STEM
initiatives and working together with IBM, found the best HPC technologies for
the school to fulfill its plans."

The2,500-square-foot supercomputing center is located at the heart of campus,
enclosed in glass rooms so students, faculty and visitors can observe the work
being done with the systems. The supercomputer consists of five racks of
systems that include nearly 1,000 core processors, IBM software defined
storage technology – code name Elastic Storage – that manages more than 150
terabytes of data, 3.072 terabytes of online memory, and Platform Computing
software to maximize prioritized job scheduling and utilization.

For more information on IBM's high performance computing solutions, please
visit http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/hpc.html. To learn more
about IBM's academic initiatives, please visit

About Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University is the state's 12^th public university and the
newest member of the State University System of Florida. Dedicated exclusively
to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the University
blends applied research with industry partnerships to give students an
academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus, located
in Lakeland, FL along the I-4 High Tech Corridor, opens for classes on Aug.
25, 2014.

About Flagship Solutions Group
Flagship Solutions Group provides IBM solutions, managed services and cloud
solutions worldwide. These include cutting-edge hardware and software
products, data center strategic planning and hybrid cloud implementations
based on a wide range of assessments that look at virtualization, server
consolidation, security, and infrastructure-focused integration. With over 30
years in the industry, Flagship's expert staff take the time to understand and
assess each customer's specific needs and requirements. They realize that for
many organizations, the future depends on technology. Flagship delivers real
results through solutions that keep technology secure, efficient and working
at optimal performance. To learn more or to find a solution that best fits
your needs, contact Flagship Solutions Group at sales@flagshipsg.comor call
(561) 208-FYI1 (3941).

IBM Media Contact:
Ciri Haugh

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