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"No other consultants I have worked with have been as professional" Graeme Murphy, Head of Research and Enterprise ICT Services, University of Hull "Red Oak showed a very high level of professionalism and were excellent
at liaising with the manufacturer to ensure our deadline was met"
Sam Rolland, Senior Lecturer, University of Swansea
"Red Oak understood that we wanted to work in partnership
with the manufacturer and handled the relationship well"
Dr Justin Mynar, Director of Core Labs & Major Facilities, KAUST
"They are real experts in the field of HPC
and consummate professionals too"
Leonard Hulley – Programme Manager Kew
“Owen Thomas is a respected and established persona in the HPC Ecosystem" Dr Guy Lonsdale - CEO scapos AG “Red Oak are highly regarded in the field, and are known for the high quality of the
expertise and advice they bring to their customers”
Simon McIntosh – Smith - Professor of High Performance Computing, Bristol University
“Red Oak are highly regarded in the field, and are known for the high quality of the
expertise and advice they bring to their customers”
Simon McIntosh – Smith - Professor of High Performance Computing, Bristol University


Red Oak is the leading independent high-performance computing consultancy in the UK. As a business, we focus solely on HPC services and Cloud strategy. Founded in 2004, Red Oak was established to meet the market need for high quality, independent, specialist advise for HPC. Over the years, Red Oak has been key in assisting many industry sectors including; academia, corporate and government on their HPC and Cloud journey. Our business infastructure enables us to remain agile, providing fast and effective solutions for all our customers.

Our business success has been built on our values: Professionalism, Trust, Integrity, Expertise and the Customer.

As a company, Red Oak’s track record showcases our ability to work in partnership with many organisations, delivering success after success, including:

Involved in the procurement and installation of two of the worlds’s top 20 supercomputers

In excess of 30 HPC procurements in the last 10 years ranging from £100k to £45 million pounds

Our business has been instrumental in the delivery of over 100 projects providing insight and expert advice into High Performance Computing

Our business has successfully undertaken in excess of 20 Cloud computing projects incorporating HPC migration to the Cloud 

Proven capability of on time delivery for all projects, in excess of 98.9%

We can demonstrate our success and capability through a proven track record of 100% customer retention and customer satisfaction.

What value can Red Oak bring to you?

Our team of leading independent HPC and Cloud specialists will work with your business to ensure all your HPC and Cloud business objectives are met.  We guarantee results and stand by our proven track record of success. Experience has taught us that there are four critical questions in the HPC and Cloud markets that all businesses need to ask and we work tirelessly to ensure you get the answers.

Why are we doing this?

Forming a balanced view of project success and impact is absolutely crucial. At Red Oak, we specialise in working with our customers to understand and quantify the value of activities. Your specialist HPC and Cloud consultant will draw from Red Oak’s wealth of experience, to build two robust cost models: one centred around inclusive cost, and the other focused on benefit and risk models. By collating and forming these two costs models, senior management will be able to make decisions in an “eyes open” fashion.

How and why do projects fail?

Our experience has taught us that by actively and critically observing our activities and those of the wider teams, we can use clear metrics to determine the likely success, or otherwise, of a project. Some of these are in the “make sure you do this before you start any project” category that will be familiar to anyone that has spent any amount of time in delivery. Others are more domain and technology focused, based on hard-earned lessons learnt.

What are the right interventions and when should they be applied?

A rule of thumb is that it is generally 1,000 times cheaper to apply an intervention at the front of a project than to try to fix the issue at the end of the life cycle. In some cases, however, it can be 10,000 or even 100,000 times more expensive. The Red Oak methodology is based upon merging our body of critical success factors with a critical assessment of the project deliverability and risk assessments to provide clear actionable points.

What can go wrong?

We all intellectually understand risk and the value of  insurance; however, in order to properly manage risk and its impact on our deliveries, we need to embrace risk and uncertainty in our methodology and assessment plans. By approaching projects with more of a mind towards risk management than delivery-at-all-costs, Red Oak repeatedly bring projects in earlier, on budget, and at a higher quality. This change of perspective is subtle, but profound in it’s impact.

HPC Services

We know that the strategy and the management of the HPC lifecycle is often a daunting task.

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High-performance computing requires the co-ordination of large numbers of processors, storage hierarchy and complex application and system software.

We have developed processes to remove risk and also add value.


Our expert guidance covers in-house cloud deployment, external cloud utilisation and hybrid cloud.

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Red Oak is ideally placed to help organisations identify the right strategy to acquire the right solution for your business.


The strategic risk to your business from technology has never been higher.

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Red oak has an effective in-house process of IT risk management which systematically evaluates the threats to your business on all sides from information technology.

Financial Management

Remaining at the forefront of computing innovation is essential for your business.

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Red Oak will work with senior stakeholders to construct strategic guidance aligned with your evolving business and financial needs. This might incorporate TCO calculations, technology surveys or POC demonstrations.


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