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2018 User Survey Highlights

By Lionel Gibbons | February 21, 2018
In 2016 we surveyed our customers to find out how they were deploying and using their clusters in the real world. We asked them a series of questions asking what hardware and software they had deployed, and what they were using their clusters for in their day to day operations. We decided to check back in with them this year (2018) to find out what had changed. Here are some of the highlights from the latest survey.
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Time Benefits of Using a Cluster Manager vs DIY

By Lionel Gibbons | December 14, 2017


According to a recent
IDC survey, 77 percent of respondents agreed that lack of timely access to data is inhibiting their businesses. For system admins, ensuring that data and applications are available is key in the age of big data, deep learning, and Internet of Things (IoT). Perhaps the greatest resource for admins that must manage enterprise clusters is their time, and thus, the question becomes how best to save it.

Let’s look at some of the time benefits of using cluster management software over a do it yourself (DIY) management plan.

Even in the simplest environment, keeping track of all the activities involved in managing a cluster manually is not only complex but time-consuming. Enterprise clusters host multiple jobs and multiple tenants simultaneously, with mission critical applications competing for resources. Managing these clusters in a way that keeps them up and running efficiently is critical to business success. 

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Update: The Evolution of OpenStack

By Lionel Gibbons | November 22, 2017

If the 20-percent year-over-year deployment growth is any indication, as reported in 2016 per the latest organizational report, the clear benefits of OpenStack are no match for the historic complexity of deployment. As OpenStack continues to evolve with each new release, a pattern of improvements that make it more stable and usable emerges.

Although we’re well into adoption of release 16 known as Pike, release 15 known as Ocata is where the process of improvement for existing attributes really picked up steam. This is a significant point because the goal with Ocata was to increase stability, manageability, user experience, and interoperability of core services. By reviewing some of the latest developments in Ocata as a “mature” version of OpenStack, we can see how many adopted services have been improved in terms of management, scalability, performance, and reliability.

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Is OpenStack Blinded by Science?

By Lionel Gibbons | November 13, 2017
If this is November, this must be SC. Yes, the annual Supercomputing conference is upon us, and I’ve already had several conversations about the role OpenStack should play in scientific computing. 
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Data Center Technology: HPC, OpenStack, or Hadoop?

By Lionel Gibbons | October 30, 2017

The latest IDC big data report says the world will go from producing a current annual average of 30 zettabytes (a zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes) of data to 163 zettabytes by 2025.

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What Is Cloud Bursting, and Why Is It Important?

By Lionel Gibbons | October 17, 2017

According to IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions, the cloud will be the preferred delivery mechanism for analytics by 2018. For enterprises across sectors, turning that prediction into reality will be driven by HPC used to run parallel applications.

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Ever Feel Like Building a Linux Cluster from Scratch Was Overkill?

By Lionel Gibbons | September 29, 2017

There are plenty of options for building a Linux cluster, including commercial and open-source software. Of course, there are limitations to the support an open-source community can provide, and not all commercial solutions are up to the task.

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3 Uncommon Examples of Deep Learning in the Enterprise

By Lionel Gibbons | September 11, 2017

While tech companies like Google and Facebook have already invested heavily in deep learning technology as a core part of automating their services, the broader impact on enterprises more generally is just beginning.

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13 Best HPC Blogs To Follow

By Lionel Gibbons | August 31, 2017

For anyone connected in any way to the evolving world of HPC, AI, big data, and other connected topics, it’s important to have a broad view of what is happening across the sector that can provide insights, ideas, education, and general news to put you in a stronger position to make decisions going forward.

With the advent of blogs and social media, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with all the latest goings-on. In fact, there are so many sources, it can be hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to.

So, without further ado, here is our latest take on the best HPC blogs to follow.

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Rich Brueckner Gets an Update from Bright Computing CEO Bill Wagner

By Lionel Gibbons | June 29, 2017

Rich Brueckner Gets an Update from Bright Computing Computing CEO Bill Wagner.

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