Supercomputing as a Service is Available Now
We’ve been using Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for a few years now. We added something called Identity as a Service (IDaaS) a few years back, and now it’s time for Supercomputing as a Service.
Cray, a supercomputer vendor, has made its high performing computers, technologies and servers available to users through the cloud. It has recently partnered with a company called Markley to offer supercomputing technologies as a hosted service.
Under the terms of agreement, both these companies will come together to offer supercomputing to clients in the life sciences industry, to start with. Later, they’ll expand to other verticals and have even hinted that they’ll look at developing some industry-specific software and solutions in the future.
Overall, this is a good move that’ll augur well not only for these two companies, but for the technology industry as a whole. Currently, not all computers are supercomputers simply because it takes a certain amount of time, money and resources, and many organizations may not be up to it. In fact, they may want to focus on their core operations, which is understandable. At the same time, they were missing out on the power that comes with supercomputers.
Now, with supercomputer being offered as a service, it should be easier than before to simply use this service to improve your business, without having to spend considerable time and effort in getting the supercomputers ready. In this sense, this announcement can be seen as a big leap in the adoption of technology and hopefully it can transform many businesses in the future.
From Cray and Markley’s perspective too, this is a good move as it can create a niche area for both the companies. Markley is already well-known for its multi-tenant and mission critical infrastructure and data center facility, so this idea to bring supercomputers as a service will be an important feather to its cap. In fact, this Boston-based company has never experienced a primary power outage in its 15 years of operation, which is a remarkable feat by itself. Add supercomputers to this list, and it’s sure to make it even better.
With this offering, Cray plans to expand its reach to the commercial and enterprise data spaces as well. This is an interesting that was announced by its CEO, Peter Ungaro, during the most recent quarterly report that took place earlier this month. In this announcement, Ungaro accepted that the high-performance computing (HPC) market is slowing down and it’s time for the company to look into related adjacent markets as well.
While the HPC market may rebound soon, it still makes sense for a company to expand to commercial areas, as this is could end up to be a more lucrative and lasting market for Cray.
In all, supercomputer as a computer is a fantastic piece of news that has already started sending exciting ripples in the world of technology. Let’s see how it shapes up over the next few months.