Cloud, as an abstraction, represents a flexible, ubiquitous and consistent platform accessible from anywhere at any time. Last week, the International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Clouds provided the perfect meeting point for both industry and academia to explore the truth of this statement and further discuss how organizations can benefit from the myriad of available cloud models.
Swimming upstream against trends and relying on government funding puts Cray on shaky ground, even during solid financial gains.
Data accumulation rates are growing astronomically and managing data in traditional ways is getting difficult in the same proportion. HPC is emerging as a champion for large-scale data management needs in the enterprise. It is required by businesses that rely on high powered analytics to provide data driven insights, companies that need more than simple reports and dashboards and is increasingly being delivered on-demand via HPC as a Service.
While cloud computing is enabling some fundamental changes on how IT groups deliver services, from a corporate management viewpoint, the basic principles of IT governance still remain true. However, the advent of cloud computing is having an increasing impact on how the components of the governance process are executed. For the purpose of this article, we will use the COBIT model (Control OBjectives for Information and related Technology) that is comprised of five major process focus areas: Strategy Alignment, Value Delivery, Resource Management, Risk Management, and Performance Measurement.
Following the sudden loss of venture capital funding, HPC system provider SiCortex shut down operations earlier today. The majority of employees have been laid off, and the company will seek an immediate sale of its assets.
As every soul on the planet knows by now, we’re in a global recession. That means that in 2009, IT managers will be looking for new ways to cut costs, including turning to HPC.