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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 journey. As a business, our infrastructure enables us to remain agile which allows us to provide fast and effective solutions for all our customers.

Our business success has been built on our values: Professionalism, Trust, Integrity, Expertise and customer focused

As a company, Red Oak has a proven track record of working in partnership with many organisations to deliver success, that success includes;

Involved in the procurement and installation of 2 top 20 supercomputers

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

Year to-date our business has been instrumental in the delivery of over 100 projects providing insight and expert advice into High Performance and Cloud computing environments.

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. (Link to Testimonials)

The skills of our consultancy team are leading edge and recognised throughout the industry. Our reputation for expertise is such that our consultants regularly attend major industry events as speakers, running HPC panels, tutorials and seminars.

What value can Red Oak bring to you

Experience has taught us there are 4 critical questions in the HPC and Cloud markets that all businesses need to ask.

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. Drawing from our experience your specialist HPC consultant will build two robust cost models those being; one centred around inclusive cost and the other focused on benefit and risk models. By collating and forming these two costs models will enable senior management to take decisions in an “open eyes” 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 have clear metrics for determining 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 and 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 general rule of thumb is that it is generally 1000x 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, this can reach 100,000x. The Red Oak methodology is based upon merging in 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 into our methodology and assessment plans. By changing the thinking towards more of risk management rather than delivery-at-all-costs, Red Oak repeatedly bring in projects earlier, on budget and at a higher quality. The changes in thinking and approach are subtle, but profound in their impact.

HPC Services

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

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. 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. 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.

Technology, Finance and Strategy

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


HPC and the Cloud 2017 Seminar – Where does your business stand? Join Red Oak Consulting at Chateau Impney on 13th September for our free seminar.   Program / Agenda   10.00 Coffee and Pastries 10.30 Welcome / Introductions 10.40 Cloud Reality vs Hype and Myth – Red Oak Consulting 11.00 Software Solutions – Cloud, Hybrid, On-Premise – Alces…