The world of IT has changed forever. We now live in a world where 80% of enterprises are adopting a Cloud 1st Policy marking an inflection point in the evolution of enterprise cloud. And a question that comes up all the time is this:
“What is our Cloud strategy?”
There are three reasons why IT Professionals are on the receiving end of this tough question:
1) Everyone is now using Cloud for their personal use from email, to music services. The flexibility, TCO and the ease-of-use of cloud are obvious.
2) Product development cycles are shrinking due to competition. Waiting for compute time to become available feels so old-school.
3) GPU’s, FPGA’s, faster network interconnects are too hard for the IT team to keep up with. Cloud providers take the burden of these technologies out of the IT team’s ever expanding To-Do list and put it in the hands of the users.
Cloud has become the defacto choice for enterprise applications. But High Performance Computing applications is a different beast. Setting up your simulations on the cloud requires more than simply signing a cloud agreement and getting VMs. You need to carefully plan your approach, deploy the right technology components and resources, and put the correct measures in place so you can reap the huge benefits to come.
Getting started with a complex FEA or CFD application on a cloud such as Azure can be daunting for IT. Fortunately, there are solutions to make this process fast, inexpensive and low-risk.