Provisioning Grid machines on the cloud has a number of clear advantages for our client:
- Scalability - Client’s ability to respond to variable workload patterns is not only improved, but it is also automated, making it less prone to failure.
- Cost Savings - Azure provides a cost model based on minutes used. Combining this with Logscape and the Excelian HPC Automation means that we can keep costs to an absolute minimum, whilst guaranteeing sufficient resources to meet the changing demand.
- Security - Azure is much safer than a traditional in-house solution. The ability to target different Azure data centres significantly reduces the Operational risk faced by such an important piece of infrastructure – whilst Azure instances have multiple redundancies built in to reduce the risk of single component failure.
- Integration - HPC Server is incredibly simple to set up and use.