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HP Enterprise expands GreenLake program to cover HPC systems

When it bought Cray back in May 2019, HP Enterprise hinted at offering HPC systems as a service. Now it is delivering on that with the introduction of HPE GreenLake cloud services for HPC.

HPE has made a lot of headway with its GreenLake program, the pay-per-use model created in response to the popularity of cloud service providers. It lets customers pay as if they are buying a cloud service, but it’s provisioned using infrastructure deployed at customer sites or in colocation facilities. Up to now it’s been used in standard IT applications, like app and Web serving or databases.

The high-performance computing service is designed for enterprises to support demanding compute and data-intensive workloads such as AI and ML. The new offering removes the complexity and cost associated with traditional HPC deployments by delivering fully managed, pre-bundled services based on purpose-built HPC systems, software, storage, and networking that come in small, medium, and large options.

Customers order it through a self-service, point-and-click portal to choose the configuration they need for their workloads. The company claims it can speed up deployment of HPC projects by up to 75% and reducing capital expenditures by up to 40%.

Enterprises can deploy the services in data-center environments, whether on-premises in their own enterprise or in a colocation facility, and gain fully managed services that allow them to pay only for what they use.

This is a big deal because HPC has a very high financial barrier to entry: hardware for servers, networking, storage, and cooling, plus special power supplies. A claimed 40% reduction in expenses makes it available to a much wider market, HPE says.

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