Aren’t you buzzing after a great ISC event in Frankfurt?
The Bright team in EMEA has experienced significant growth in 2015, and so ISC was a great platform to bring the team together at the halfway point of the year, to experience the event first hand.
We worked hard in the run up: we had some great messages to share; we had a great booth; and we had pre-booked over 50 meetings with prospects, customers and our valued partners.
So, to our messages.
We were delighted to announce Bright Cluster Manager ® 7.1 for HPC. Leading the list of enhancements in 7.1, is fully integrated support for Intel® Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL), enhanced support for Dell hardware, including BIOS operations, and support for Puppet via the Bright GUI. Improved integration with several workload managers and a refactored Web portal rounded out the exciting developments we’re bringing to our HPC users in 7.1.
Our announcement regarding our integration with IEEL was a particular milestone, offering deployment and storage infrastructure management as an integrated part of cluster management. This brings terrific value to our customers around the deployment, use and maintenance of IEEL together with workload management and other capabilities, all managed by Bright Cluster Manager from a single powerful management interface.
We also shared two new customer wins. We announced that EURO/CFD, a company that provides industrial corporations with an option to outsource numerical studies, has chosen to deploy Bright as part of its pioneering new HPC infrastructure. And, we issued the news that GWDG, a shared computing and IT competence center for Georg August University and the Max Planck Society in Göttingen, has addressed the challenge of simultaneously operating multiple HPC clusters from a number of disparate, non-integrated cluster management platforms, by deploying Bright to overarch the entire HPC infrastructure, consolidating management of their four clusters into a single management platform and view. Both of these projects are supported by our valued European partner, transtec.
For me, it was great to witness the momentum in the HPC space at ISC, which was corroborated by the annual IDC breakfast briefing. IDC’s findings demonstrated the growth in HPC; now a $30 billion market. According to IDC, industries with the highest demand for HPC are life sciences, healthcare, CAE, engineering, and financial services – all sectors that Bright has a strong foothold and years of customer-facing experience in.
IDC also identified that demand for HPC+big data solutions, and HPC+private cloud solutions is growing at pace; which plays very well with our Bright for Hadoop and Bright OpenStack solutions. In fact, many of our booth visitors were existing Bright HPC customers looking to us to help them exploit the cloud and run big data alongside their HPC from our intuitive infrastructure management GUI. We have an increasing number of references which demonstrate how our customers are doing this; so get in touch if you would like to hear more.
Our conversations with partners were extremely positive, as both resellers and technology partners are seeing a huge demand for Bright technology. We announced a new partner marketing program at ISC designed to equip our partners with a full suite of tools to facilitate sales of Bright in the HPC, cloud and big data markets.
So, we have lots of work to do over the coming months and I am extremely energised by the opportunity that faces Bright in 2015. See you at SC15 if not before!