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December 9, 2020
HPC entered the mainstream in the past few years with enterprise businesses using high-performance technology for business operations. HPE should know — the vendor leads the pack in the HPC market, garnering 37.2% of market share in 2019.
Keith White is senior vice president and general manager, HPE GreenLake Cloud Services Business Group.
HPE’s Keith White
“Think of this as about delivering supercomputing as a service to the masses,” said White. “We have the unique opportunity to provide customers with the power of an agile, elastic, pay-per-use cloud experience with HPE’s market leading HPC systems.”
GreenLake for HPC allows businesses to run their modeling and simulation workloads with a fully managed, prebundled HPC cloud service. Initial rollout addresses industry use cases and platforms for financial services, health care and manufacturing.
“Enterprises will be able to tackle their most demanding compute and data-intensive workloads. [Also], power their AI and ML initiatives for better business outcome and faster times to insight and accelerated innovation,” said White.
The vendor calculates that HPC as a service will speed up deployment of HPC products by up to 75% and reduce TCO by up to 40%.
GreenLake brings the modern cloud experience to businesses current and future workloads, apps and data on-premises in the customer’s data center, collocated or in the edge. GreenLake is delivered in an automated, self-serve, pay-per-use model fully managed by HPE and partners.
Initially, HPE will offer the GreenLake for HPC service on HPE Apollo systems along with storage and networking technologies purpose-built for modeling and simulation workloads. The new prepackaged service bundles come in small, medium or large options.
HPE will fully manage the new service to remove complexity, cost and the need for highly technical staff associated with traditional HPC. The service leverages HPC software for HPC workload management. It additionally leverages support for HPC specific containers and orchestration, and HPC cluster management and monitoring.
As part of the offering, customers will gain the following features with the service.
HPE GreenLake Central offers a software platform for customers to manage and optimize their HPC services.
A self-service dashboard enables users to run and manage HPC clusters without disrupting workloads.
HPE Consumption Analytics provides analytics of usage and cost-based metering through HPE GreenLake.
AI & App Services help standardize and package HPC workloads into containers, making it easier to modernize, transfer and access data. Experts leverage the factory process to quickly move applications into a container platform as needed.
GreenLake for HPC, announced Wednesday, will be available in the spring of 2021. Expect to see the rest of HPE’s HPC portfolio transition to as-a-service offerings in the future. At that time, HPE will add technologies such as Cray-based compute, software, storage and networking.
GreenLake for HPC is available through partners.
“We’re trying to bring HPC to a broader set of channel partners and a broader customer base,” said White. “More enterprises require this level of analytics and capability to do the things they need to do to run their businesses more effectively.”
Expect to see HPE offer new enablement to partners to simplify the HPC offering. And, as HPC moves down to the upper midmarket enterprise, solutions and managed services built by partners are expected to follow.
“The sky is the limit on this as we bring HPC to a larger set of customers and partners. Everything we do to enable our own sales team we hand over to our partners. They are an extension of our salesforce. And I view our partners as part of my overall GreenLake organization,” White said.
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