It’s been over a decade since the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 and nearly a decade since Univa sponsored the first Grid Engine cluster in AWS. Since this time, HPC executives and IT professionals have been weighing the pros and cons of cloud computing.
In the meantime, HPC cloud provisioning offerings that support Grid Engine have become commonplace today; with offerings such as Amazon CFNcluster, Google Genomics and UberCloud (plus various other projects and cloud offerings) all supporting Grid Engine as the default scheduler.
Recently, however, the industry has reached a tipping point as evidenced in a recent customer survey that showed a marked increase in interest and use of HPC cloud. This openness is fueled in part by new applications that are suited to cloud, new cloud-service and hardware offerings, and advances in management software. Hybrid cloud computing (the choice of 70% of those deploying cloud in our survey) has become not just practical, but an essential approach to HPC architectures to ensure enterprise competitiveness.
In this HPC cloud white paper (the first in a series) we will examine how enterprise HPC users can best embrace hybrid cloud with a set of recommendations and a four-step process for getting started.
You can read the whitepaper here.