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High-Performance Computing for a Stronger Future

Whether you are at the start of your HPC journey, requiring more from your existing HPC service, or simply wanting an honest comparison On-Premises to Cloud our team of HPC experts are on-hand to help.

  • Collaborative development of HPC strategy, business case and architecture, underpinned by Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis
  • End-to-end procurement support and frameworks, from developing selection criteria, short-listing providers to contract creation
  • Supporting at every stage of implementation, leading to reduced downtime, improved performance and ongoing reliability
  • Providing access to HPC experts, on-hand to deliver high quality user setup and support
  • Analysing workflows in order to generate optimised HPC workloads that deliver greater value and productivity
  • De-risking your investment with Managed Services using our ITIL-certified experts
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As the UK leader in offering HPC and Cloud Computing consultancy, it was acknowledged from the very beginning Red Oak Consulting would be a strategic partner to the university. The team at Red Oak Consulting, always conducted themselves with professionalism, gaining trust from stakeholders, users, and researchers alike. Their expertise and knowledge ensured projects went smoothly and to budget. A mutually respected relationship has been forged and we continue to benefit from a great partnership.”

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 University of Bath

Red Oak Consulting are a trusted partner to the Worldwide Education team at Microsoft. They have worked in true partnership with us, and our joint customers, to enable our customers to achieve their goals with High-Performance Computing in the Cloud.”

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Explore Our Range of HPC Consultancy Services

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Strategy & Planning

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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Maintenance & Support

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

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Cloud Consultancy

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

We are a leading independent business focused on High-Performance Computing, committed to giving our customers the most productive, cost effective solution. Our professional and highly skilled team of experts cover all aspects of HPC, Research & Cloud Computing including:

Our proven track record is based on assisting numerous organisations across all business sectors, worldwide to navigate the intricacies of HPC.

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Case Studies

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University of Hull

With 1.25 million hours of research delivered in the first month, and a boost to their university ranking, find out how The University of Hull became one of the top 10 research universities in the UK, thanks to Red Oak Consulting.

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Working against aggresive timescales and using existing Microsoft Azure software infrastructure, find out how Red Oak Consulting assisted KAUST in building and developing the 7th most powerful supercomputer in the world.


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We routinely review provision of HPC services for customers and provide advice on how best to expand existing HPC services. It’s worth noting that deciding how best to deliver greater capacity without service disruption means balancing functional and non-functional requirements. For any system we help procure for our customers, we consider scalability and expansion options to help an organisation plan for capacity growth.

This process is the culmination of a lot of preparation and analysis of requirements which allows an organisation to understand the value of HPC as well as the costs. Knowing which strategy and the scale of the investment over a realistic period is vital. HPC system lifetimes are measured on the order of five years and investments in datacentres, mechanical and engineering elements are of course managed over considerably longer cycles.

This is highly dependent on the size and scale of the solution. In terms of actual build time this can typically last anywhere between a week to a month. However, depending on the extent of system testing, the full shipping, building and testing process can take up to 6 months or in some cases more.

We have established processes for managing software updates and patches in HPC clusters. Whether it is OS or applications updates, our approach includes testing updates in a sandbox environment before it is deployment in a production environment. Additionally we can work alongside the clients internal IT team to assist with vulnerability scanning, patching and remediation.

Comparing on-premises and cloud costs is not a straight forward task. Why, because you need to take into account a wide range of costs. These are not just the hardware purchase cost, of any resources eg cooling, people, and power. This task is highly dependent on each organisation and requires a full TCO model to be developed. Cloud can be a cost saving for most organisations if utilised in the proper manner eg by making the most of spot nodes and their reduced pricing.

At first glance outsourcing HPC support can seem expensive though in reality it is not. An internal HPC support team may consist of two to three FTE HPC specialists to allow for training, holidays, sickness, staff turnover etc. ROMS provides a team of HPC specialists that removes the expensive costs of an HPC support team from the customer. HPC administration requires experience and expertise. Outsourcing HPC support means your organisation and users can focus on productivity.

HPC deployments are complex and require project management through the entire procurement and deployment cycle. The project management team must have the experience and expertise of end to end HPC deployments, including the hosting infrastructure. Initially a business case must be approved followed by a rigorous requirements gathering that feeds into the RFP. The hosting infrastructure and the HPC solutions must be coordinated to ensure the infrastructure meets the requirements of the HPC. As an example consider what the cooling solution will be for the HPC as this will impact the hosting facility’s ability to provision the correct solution.

TCO evaluation assists in identifying possible dangers and uncertainties linked with HPC and AI projects such as, unexpected expenditures, and financial limitations. By being proactive about these risks, companies can put in place strategies to reduce their impact, leading to better project outcomes and financial security.

Maximise your HPC investment with Red Oak Consulting, the UK’s trusted experts. Discover how we’ve helped hundreds of businesses achieve exceptional results.

Talk to an HPC Expert

Get in touch with our team of HPC experts to find out how we can help you with your HPC & Cloud Computing requirements across:

  • Strategy & Planning
  • Procurement
  • Implementation
  • Expansion & Optimisation
  • Maintenance & Support
  • Research Computing

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