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Capitalizing on the opportunity of hybrid cloud in HPC

A guide for IT professionals

Executive Summary

It's been over a decade since the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006, and since this time, HPC executives and IT professionals have been weighing the pros and cons of cloud computing. While oft-touted benefits like avoiding the need to own infrastructure, and reducing management costs are compelling, for high-performance computing (HPC) enterprise users, a variety of barriers have, in the past, slowed adoption.

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 paper, the first in a series on hybrid cloud computing, we will examine the evolution of HPC and distributed workloads in the cloud. We will explain why hybrid clouds are now practical and recommend a step-by-step process for organizations seeking to build a futureproof, hybrid cloud strategy.

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