Several years ago, in 2019, Hewlett Packard Enterprise made a public vow to offer all its offerings “as-a-Service” by 2022. HPE’s GreenLake cloud services portfolio is essential to this strategy by HPE offering organizations a highly flexible, scalable, secure and fully managed and monitored IT experience. I’ve been following the company’s strategy closely and have written on it on multiple occasions (see here and here). Continuing its migration of offerings to everything-as-a-service, last week, HPE announced that its high-performance computing (HPC) offerings will now be available through GreenLake—a move designed to make it easier for mainstream enterprises to adopt HPC. Let’s take a closer look.
Lowering the bar for entry
Advancements in high-performance computing have opened up a whole world of possibilities in recent years for researchers, engineers, enterprises and more. With the massive compute power of these systems, organizations can develop models, run simulations and derive insights from their reservoirs of operational data—most of which were previously too large and complex to tap. These systems are also ideal for next-generation technologies such as AI and automation, which are becoming more and more common. HPC’s power can aid in everything from the research of vaccines, to the development of household consumer products, to designing safer vehicles. These systems can run simulations that predict stock trends, accelerate and improve the safety of oil and gas explorations and more. With all this potential, it’s no wonder the HPC market is estimated to grow over 40% by 2024 (according to Intersect360 Research).
One issue, though, that must be dealt with before HPC reaches widespread, mainstream usage in the enterprise is that these robust computer systems are costly, complicated and resource-draining. The average business likely does not have the time, money or personnel to deploy and manage these HPC systems.
This is where HPE GreenLake stands to revolutionize and accelerate the deployment of HPC in the mainstream enterprise sector—by delivering HPC via a pay-as-you-go, scalable, fully-managed service. HPE says this will hasten the deployment of HPC projects by as much as 75% and reduce costs by as much as 40%. These improvements put this game-changing technology way more in reach for the average business.
To start, HPE GreenLake will offer an HPC service based on the company’s Apollo systems, followed by the rest of HPE’s strong HPC portfolio (including Cray systems) in the unspecified future. This first offering leverages networking and storage technologies and is built explicitly for modeling and simulation workloads. Additionally, it features HPC workload management software, HPC cluster management and monitoring and support for HPC-specific containers and orchestration.
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