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How do HPC managed services drive results?

APR 29, 2019

High-performance computing can fuel the robust analytics that are critical for enterprise-level organizations. HPC managed services can take the stress out of fully in-house HPC workloads, from infrastructure management to resource updates to scalability support. Such services can eliminate HPC cost and management concerns, ultimately driving meaningful results that make leaning on outside support both a source of relief and a smart business decision for IT departments.

Refresher: What is HPC and how does it work?

Before we get into the money matters, let’s review the basics. For companies that deal with massive amounts of data, high-performance computing systems are necessary for fueling data processing, storing and analyzing at scale. For example, a research project requiring robust manipulation of data involving complex algorithms, or a large enterprise analyzing consumer behavior, predicting financial risk or informing product development.

HPC dramatically increases computing power and speed by combining multiple devices to create clusters of computers. Those clusters consist of hundreds of thousands of servers, also known as nodes, that work together to boost computing capabilities.

What’s the value in using HPC managed services?

Many enterprises understand the importance of using their HPC resources to the fullest since massive amounts of data won’t be useful if companies can’t successfully synthesize, interpret and manipulate data for competitive and financial advantages. However, organizations often struggle to make meaningful changes that result in truly maximizing computing systems for the desired outcomes.

An HPC managed service provider can support IT departments in optimizing their processes, assets and infrastructure to scale. There are several ways for providers to deliver HPC managed services, whether it be through consulting or end-to-end management from design to daily maintenance. Offerings often include compute resource management, scalable storage, network selection, security measures, monitoring, reporting, data centers and team support.

Some services utilize cloud-based solutions while others protect data with physical, access and Intellectual Property securities. Despite the differentiating factors, HPC as a service is designed to provide organizations with cost-effective resources and technical support.

Show me the impact

When companies are ready to expand their HPC infrastructure, outsourcing the management and maintenance can not only eliminate a stubborn headache but also cut costs and maximize impact. For instance, partnering with Samsung enables organizations to easily expand or outsource computing, storage and network infrastructure with a cost-effective, high core count, performance-based HPC environment. Such an end-to-end service helps organizations maximize their HPC resources and outcomes.

Investing in HPC can increase economic success and scientific innovation for organizations like universities, government agencies and corporate entities, according to ongoing research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Within the industries measured in the study, the average increase in revenue is around $460 per dollar invested in HPC. What’s more, the average increase in profits is almost $45 per invested dollar.

Along with these promising numbers, the cost and optimization benefits of HPC services make them a worthy investment across varying verticals.

Cost-effective optimization

HPC services allow IT departments to focus on their core responsibilities, such as managing applications, services and data, while the provider optimizes the HPC workloads for a more cost-effective process.An HPC managed service like Samsung’s enhances existing systems rather than introducing a costly takeover. Samsung sources, builds and manages to customer specifications, providing a seamless path from current to future architecture. That way, organizations experience the positive outcomes of optimizing HPC systems without an abrupt shift. Plus, Samsung’s partnerships with original equipment manufacturer vendors facilitate a cost-effective solution.

Ultimately, the reasonable total cost of ownership is well worth the outcomes.

Feasible and timely equipment updates

When companies choose a service-based HPC configuration, they can move away from owning equipment and instead lease from the service provider. This means acquiring equipment is no longer a major capital expenditure, making it more feasible for organizations to update their technology and refresh existing HPC resources as necessary.

Scalability

With the right combination of services and team support, organizations can seamlessly scale their HPC infrastructure to grow their business at the rate necessary to keep up with industry and client demands.

At Samsung, our industry-agnostic HPC managed services solution applies to organizations in virtually any vertical, making the opportunity for growth and increased profits a feasible reality for any IT and infrastructure team. Plus, our experienced team of HPC experts help companies design and implement the optimal cluster configurations to support hyper-scalability.

Realigned resources

With HPC managed services, organizations must be in the business of running their own data centers. Infrastructure maintenance alone requires a full team of professionals, which translates to a significant amount of overhead. It’s essentially running an entirely separate business of facilities management within the core business of the organization.

Infrastructure as a service can eliminate the distractions of in-house management and make HPC workloads far more efficient. That way, the IT department can focus on what it does best, while the service provider can handle running and maintaining hardware and data center infrastructure.

Fault tolerant operation

Many service providers will also monitor HPC systems to ensure optimal performance at all times. Samsung’s innovative monitoring solutions include 24/7 manned network operation centers to protect and monitor HPC equipment. With eyes on the system at all times, HPC managed services can prevent extensive downtime or significant faults that can bring operations to a costly halt.

Amplified innovation

HPC managed services can help organizations design, test and implement products and services at greater speeds, as well as produce the final version with more efficiency. Getting products and services to market with greater accuracy and proficiency also means reduced costs for research and development, plus an ability to offer more competitive prices.

Furthermore, HPC managed services can enable organizations to align with the rapid innovations surrounding the business. For instance, HPC systems work with big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced computing and other technologies to produce better results. Keeping up with the rapid changes in technology future-proofs organizations, preparing them for many years of profitability to come.

If you’re interested in a one-stop solution to maximize your HPC investment, request a consultation to learn more about Samsung’s HPC Managed Services offering.

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George Milner is a Solutions Architect for Samsung SDS' HPC Managed Services.

For more information, contact George Milner at g.milner@samsung.com

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