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December 06, 2010
STFC Daresbury Laboratory first organisation to commit available server cluster processing power
Dec. 6 -- Data processing, data management and data storage provider OCF plc announces a new, unique Compute On Demand service, enCORE. In a first for the UK, enCORE uses available processing power from academic and research-based high performance server clusters to provide an infinitely scalable, data processing service for UK businesses.
OCF has already signed a collaboration agreement with the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory (STFC Daresbury Laboratory) to make use of its available processing power from a new System x iDataPlex server cluster deployment. A 2.5 Tflop server cluster, STFC Daresbury Laboratory will make around 50 per cent of its processing power available to OCF's customers. Through an SLA driven agreement, the requirements of OCF's customers will receive priority on the server cluster.
OCF is aiming to sign a network of academic and research partners to contribute a constant and significant level of compute power to meet projected customer demand.
OCF's service is aimed at UK businesses of any size and from any sector; primarily enCORE can:
Jerry Dixon, OCF plc's newly appointed Compute On Demand business development manager says: "OCF has a heritage and well earned reputation in High Performance Computing integration -- both in academia and in the private sector through customers like Landmark Solutions, Lola Cars and Smoke & Mirrors. In the last six years alone, we have integrated £50m of bespoke high performance server and storage clusters for customers. We are taking our knowledge and experience of customer pain points and looking to solve them in an alternative way. A HPC system deployment is not necessarily the only answer anymore."
"This is a very novel public private partnership," says Michael Gleaves, STFC Daresbury Laboratory. "For us making the best use of our research budget, it presents the chance to gain a superior server cluster -- capital equipment - and offset costs. Plus, in doing so, help UK businesses operate and compete more effectively. The Partnership between OCF and STFC will also ensure the cluster is fully utilised during any dips in commercial demand."
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