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Choosing HPC Cloud vs On-Premises vs Hybrid Approach

HPC experts can complete a series of tasks which will determine the most cost effective source to place your HPC workloads: On-premises, cloud or a hybrid of both. In order to determine this, they review:

  • the ratio of computational intensity vs data intensity to help determine the most suitable hardware platforms.
  • the nature of the scalability required specific to your workloads
  • whether you have a need for specialist HPC VMs
  • the cost of storage including length of time required
  • the latency introduced by data-staging
  • the priority of the job requests which your business links to the ‘value’ of a workload
  • the cost of the VMs and the options available
  • your data gravity which governs how easily and quickly a job can be migrated from an on-premises environment to the cloud and how that affects data and cost
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We worked closely with Red Oak 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, Red Oak worked with JM to navigate technical challenges and deliver a solution with Microsoft Azure that now enables our scientist to leverage HPC and simulate sustainable materials for the future.”

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Johnson Matthey 

The procurement was highly successful. Owen was highly professional and highly knowledgeable. And Mark really saved the day for us. Both Owen and Mark smoothly integrated into the KAUST team but more importantly, believed in our mission to deliver this computer in order to support the global ambitions of KAUST and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

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King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

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Develop an HPC strategy that meets the current and future needs of all users and includes securing funding for a sustainable solution.

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Managing the complex process of HPC technical specifications, as in-depth as required, to deliver the right solution, on time and in budget.

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Reduce downtime, mitigate risk, improve performance and ensure reliability to enhance business productivity.

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Expansion & Optimisation

Understand your workflows, the ratio of computational intensity vs data intensity, test performance, speed, agility, whilst analysing all HPC costs to understand its true value.

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Boost productivity with our HPC Cloud Computing services, including expert support, system management and research engineering.

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Understand the value of cloud computing for both businesses and users through enhanced capability, workload optimisation, and increased productivity.

With unparalleled experience in deploying major, multi-million-pound systems worldwide, Red Oak Consulting stands as a leader in the field.

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