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Cloud Computing

"Red Oak does not just ‘do the job’,they are willing to own problems
and find solutions"
Graham Mallin, Programme Manager – Transformation and Efficiency (Technology), Met Office

CLOUD COMPUTING

The world of High-Performance Computing continues to evolve with exciting new developments.  Whilst in previous years it was always traditional on-premise solutions which dominated the industry, now we are seeing the development of Cloud technology offering greater HPC capability.  Now more than ever, you must ask yourself is on-premise the right solution for your business’s future?  If not, what does the alternative look like?

Cloud technology over the last five years has become increasingly more recognizable as a technical solution for HPC, and it continues to grow. However, whilst still in its HPC infancy, amongst some, there still remains a level of scepticism with this emerging technical solution.

To help eradicate any scepticism and give you the visibility you need to explore if Cloud Computing is right for your business, Red Oak Consulting has created a “Cloud Computing Taster”.

So where do you turn to get the right answers for your business?

As a market leader in the delivery of HPC and Cloud solutions, Red Oak Consulting remains an independent resource focused on the individual requirements of our customers. We ensure only the best-in-class solutions are explored and implemented for our customers, ensuring a robust and sustainable technological future.

  • Do you understand all your business HPC requirements?
  • Is your business ready for Cloud?
  • Does your business have the right infrastructure for Cloud?
  • Do you know what your business wants to get out of Cloud?
  • Can Cloud handle your unique and varied workflows?
  • Can the Cloud deliver adequate security for your business?

Having completed more than 25 HPC in the Cloud projects, our specialist team of consultants are fully versed with the dynamics of Cloud Computing.  Certified Cloud Solutions Architects with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, our team have experienced every kind of challenge presented by this emerging technology.  We have assisted many organisations, across all sectors of the economy, both in the UK and overseas, to understand and get the answers they require from Cloud technology.  From initial review and strategy to obtaining a full and complete understanding of requirements, to running PoC’s and pilots to undertaking full HPC migration, we have and continue to be instrumental in HPC in the Cloud solution delivery.

We worked closely with RedOak during our first steps in our cloud-HPC journey at Johnson Matthey. Starting from our proof-of concept evaluating the offering of cloud providers to the Pilot phase and roll-out, RedOak worked with JM to navigate technical challenges and deliver a solution with Microsoft Azure that now enables our scientists to leverage HPC and simulate sustainable materials for the future.” Glenn Jones – Research Manager (Physical & Chemical Modelling), Johnson Matthey

 

As a partner, working alongside your business, Red Oak will ask those potentially uneasy questions that your direct employees may find challenging. We will continue to examine and explore until we fully understand and extract the right information required for your business. It is through the knowledge we gain that we can convert and implement the right HPC solution for your business.  We are an organisation built on trust, focused on delivering excellence at every stage of your Cloud journey.  Red Oak Consulting is uniquely placed, understanding the specialist area of both On Premise and Cloud.  We continue to work with all customers to deliver the right solution, after all it could be a hybrid combination of both.

Our skillset and understanding of HPC in the Cloud, doesn’t just reside with customers.  Due to our expert knowledge of the HPC sector we continue to successfully support the cloud providers from architecture to engineering to development to solution solving.  Our team of experts are all round HPC and Cloud experts with unrivalled expertise.

To strengthen our role within the world of cloud Red Oak Consulting became a Microsoft partner in 2017, elevated to GOLD Partner status in 2020.

Red Oak’s expert knowledge of the Microsoft Azure ecosystem, as well as their expertise in HPC and specific choice of VMs, enabled us to successfully transition all our on-prem HPC workflows to the cloud.  The use of CycleCloud, a new Azure product, to implement our batch files dependent workflows was particularly valuable.”  Jeremy Bass – Head of Specialist Service, RES Group                                           

Services we are able to offer;

Cloud Vision and Strategy

Through our consultant’s extensive knowledge of the Cloud we are able to provide assistance to your business in writing your Cloud Vision and Strategy, be it, for the short or long term.  This strategy will include current positioning, a full assessment of the services available and how to get the desired result in the agreed timeframe for your business.

Cloud Suitability of Assets

Our team of experts, through their knowledge and understanding of the cloud market place, will assess where in your business cloud is best suited and which application will deliver your core objectives in the most seamless manner.  Our people will assist in demonstrating the true costs involved allowing you to have all information to allow you to make the right decision for your business’s future.

Cloud Value & TCO Analysis

Red Oak has devised their own unique financial model for aiding the prediction of total life time cost of an organisations Cloud requirement.  This model has a proven track record of success and continues to bring many companies ongoing financial savings and complete understanding.

Board Level Stakeholder and Strategy Management

We are able to provide assistance to senior stakeholders in writing their long-term Cloud Strategy for their business.  This strategy will include current positioning and how to get the desired result in the agreed timeframe.

Requirements Capture

The success of any project relies on the accurate and complete data capture of business requirements from the very beginning.  Red Oak will work with all users across your business to ensure 100% of requirements are captured in a timely and professional manner, whilst elevating any concerns or uncertainty.

Project Management

Our fully qualified team of project managers utilises the Prince 2 project management process.  As a team, we will be responsible for the full management of the project, deliverables, roadblocks and stakeholder management.  Our projects managers will communicate regularly ensuring there is never any unknowns or uncertainties within the project.   Our process enables managing risk from initial stages the earliest time possible. Widely understood, experience has shown that adapting to this process it has a proven record of delivering around 1000 times cheaper to the customer.

Risk Management

Our team of consultants will oversee every aspect of the Cloud transition within your organisation. We will take full responsibility and manage the entire process.  We will ensure minimal disruption to your day to day business activities whilst mitigating any risk.

Procurement

Cloud, still in its IT infancy, can be complicated purchase and if handled incorrectly could end up costing your business millions.  Our consultants are able to support your business through the entire procurement cycle; from writing the initial ITT to evaluation and then be on hand to ensure a successful and timely implementation.

Transition Management

If you are procuring Cloud for the first time or if your business is moving from traditional HPC to the Cloud your business will have to make some fundamental changes in current process.  Our team of consultants will oversee this transition for you, taking full responsibility and managing the entire process.  We ensure minimal disruption to your day to day business activities whilst mitigating any risk.

Cloud Comparison

With various providers and services associated with Cloud a full and in-depth knowledge of the choices available to you are critical. Our team of consultants will work with you to ensure the right solution is sort for your business. Under-estimating the differences within the cloud could be a source of delays and lost opportunity. We can advise on how best to proceed with a long-term strategy in mind.

Cloud Migration

Our fully certified Cloud Solution Architects are able to scope, design, test and implement all High-Performance workflows over to the cloud.  Our team of highly skilled consultants will work with you from requirements capture to ensure the right cloud solution, both technical and non-technical, is designed for you.  Through our expertise we ensure the migration from on-premise to cloud is seamless, timely and within budget.

Cloud Taster

Red Oak Consulting has created a product that will allow customers to get a glance of running HPC workloads in the cloud.  Customers will be able to run up to three workloads on a cluster, with the help and support of the UK’s leading HPC Consultancy.  Customers will have their own standalone cluster, be able to run their own benchmarks and achieve their own results.  You will get to experience and see first hand what the cloud could do for your business.