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Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud

By Bill Harries | June 30, 2020

In my last couple of posts I’ve talked about High Performance Computing in the cloud. Specifically about extending your compute clusters to take advantage of additional compute resources when needed without having to invest in all the hardware, software, etc to take care of short term demand for additional capacity.

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Using Bright Cluster Manager to leverage Cloud Resources

By Bill Harries | May 07, 2020

I just finished reading an article on The Next Platform – “The Outlook for Infrastructure is Cloudy – in a Good Way”, and feel compelled to comment, especially given my previous post on High Performance Clusters in the Cloud?

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High Performance Clusters in the Cloud?

By Bill Harries | April 07, 2020

Now, why would I want to do that? Cloud resources can be expensive; I have to depend on a third party for some of my most important applications; performance may suffer; my data ends up outside my organization…all valid concerns. Which likely explains why most HPC continues to be hosted in-house. But another question is, is it even an option to effectively leverage the cloud for clustered computing? How do I extend my on-premise cluster to cloud servers and still manage them as a single cluster?

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BEACON – The online community for Bright users

By Bill Harries | November 29, 2019

Bright Computing recently announced the launch of BEACON - the online community for Bright users.  Yeah, I know….it’s about time.  Considering that Bright has an extensive user community in a space that lends itself nicely to collaboration with your peers, and a breadth of users eager to share what they know; it makes sense to have a community forum for the benefit of all.

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Bright Demo and Tutorial Videos

By Bill Harries | July 16, 2019

Have you ever said to yourself – “I sure wish Bright Computing would create some videos or tutorials that show how to...”. I thought so… wish no more. Bright is in the process of building out a number of demos and tutorials that show users how to do all sorts of administrative and management tasks. In many cases, we show ways to do things in both the Bright View graphical cluster management interface as well as our cluster management shell (aka CMSH). The current list of videos includes:

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"Getting Bright!" - in 2 minutes

By Bill Harries | April 12, 2019

I recognize that most readers of this blog are pretty well versed in the complexities of managing large scale clusters for high performance computing, artificial intelligence, etc.  But it might not be so obvious to your colleagues or others that need to understand why commercial-grade software with enterprise-class support is so critical to efficiently deploying and managing these complex systems.  Or why managing geographically disbursed clusters is so challenging.  Or why understanding who is using the cluster resources and how allocating those resources efficiently is crucial to the ROI of these very large investments in hardware, applications, and data centers. 

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