5 Things to Look for When Choosing an HPCaaS Partner

Posted: 5 Jun 2020

Choosing the right HPC as-a-Service vendor is an important step towards curbing costs and solving complex problems in order to drive growth. The process can be lengthy and difficult, so to make things easier for you, we’ve put together this quick checklist to help you implement the right evaluation standards. It will ensure that you choose an HPC platform that makes the most sense for your business and delivers innovative results.

Architecture control, cores and capacity

End customers should view HPCaaS as extra HPC capacity delivered on tap as required. Unlike public cloud service providers, it allows for greater customizability, enabling users to exercise greater control over capacity, architecture and cores. HPCaaS also makes it possible to meet enterprises’ variable demands as a seamless extension of on-premise capacity and processes.

Cost

When you forecast the compute capacity you need over a given period, HPCaaS delivers highly competitive pricing over time compared to HPC cloud or on-premise solutions. Companies tend to view HPC pricing structure as a cost per core or per hour, but that can easily be misleading. Any changes to cloud capacity cost extra, while an on-premise solution requires companies to keep expensive operations and IT departments that match their computing needs in-house. This is why enterprises need to think of utilization and performance over time rather than cost per core/hour.

Compute

With the right HPC partner you gain access to the latest technology. This means you can perform more complex workloads and simulations and try different compute models on short notice and adapt as you go. You can also be more effective in terms of utilizing an existing HPC environment because higher computing demands more power and financial investment. Additionally, you’ll have access to the latest core technology equipment for more complex compute scenarios.

Sustainability

A growing number of enterprises are committing themselves to reducing their carbon footprint, while more tenders for service vendors incorporate sustainability in the organizations’ selection criteria. Running HPC clusters usually is a power demanding activity, companies are unlikely to meet their sustainability goals by not considering their datacenter carbon footprint. By using an HPCaaS platform based in Iceland, companies can benefit from one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable datacenters in the world.

Flexibility

HPCaaS enables enterprises to scale up and down as required and combine the service with different compute sources. If they run HPC on premise, their compute capacity is more or less locked in for a specific time period. But what happens if needs change? Forecasting can be hard to do. HPCaaS enables companies to source their most basic level of consumption on premise, adding a layer of capacity as a service on top so it’s easier to use more or less compute as the need accelerates or slows down.

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