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HPC Strategy and Planning to Secure Your Long-Term Future

Wherever you are in your High-Performance Computing experience our strategy experts will assist in taking you further to deliver long term goals. Through understanding your current and future needs, we employ a proven methodology to achieve HPC success whilst securing the necessary investment and stakeholder backing.

Our approach to Strategy and Planning :

  • Understand your HPC requirements by capturing all stakeholders and users HPC requirements, therefore ensuring an accurate representation from across your organisation
  • Conduct a workflow analysis to identify the optimum service route to deliver greater value and productivity
  • Deliver the right size of HPC system design and architecture for your needs
  • Recommend the optimum storage and hosting setup to ensure on-going support for your HPC users
  • Create a plan to future-proof your investment by aligning this to your long-term vision whilst giving you the flexibility to alter your approach depending on your evolving needs
  • Demystify the complexities of HPC in the Cloud by providing training and ongoing support with your cloud computing strategy
  • Shape your business case for investment this is underpinned by our proprietary TCO model
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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 trusts 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 did a fantastic job of engaging with our senior researchers from across our academic Schools, eliciting valuable feedback and providing us with insights that will inform our strategic planning. Their professionalism was second to none and they were responsive to changing requirements to get the job done. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Dairsie, Vicki and the team again.”

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University of Sussex 

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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.

Our highly skilled HPC experts are committed to giving our customers the most productive, cost effective HPC solution. Our range of expertise includes:

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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In this day and age if you are not using high performance computing (HPC), machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) your competitors almost certainly are. Consistent investment in research computing as well as growth in its use is often a key differentiator between competitors.

Use our HPC Maturity Scale to benchmark your organisation against the industry. Undertaking this exercise will highlight areas of potential strength and weakness in your organisation’s HPC solution including the value of the investment and use in high performance and research computing.

Building a strategy around HPC and research computing is not a simple capital investment. It requires an understanding of the use and reach of research computing in an organisation including a nuanced view of capital investment versus operational expenditure. Other vital elements of a strategy and its success are a total cost of ownership (TCO) model, lifecycle management, user training, and associated support structures.

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.

Predictably the answer is “it depends”, but improvements in observed productivity and enhancements from improved scientific fidelity can be be relatively quick (3-12 months). A more realistic assessment of return on investment as part of a longer term strategic investment requires a typical horizon of 3-5 years.


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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
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  • Expansion & Optimisation
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