In many industries, network bandwidth limitations are a big problem. When the pipe isn't big enough for the traffic, users aren't working at expected efficiency. Although not unique to post-production studios, these companies often have remote artists pounding centralized storage resources all at once due to tight deadlines.
High-performance computing in the cloud is becoming more and more common, as companies realize its potential to extend their HPC environments without additional significant infrastructure costs. HPC clusters bring hundreds or sometimes even thousands of cores online quickly and efficiently — something perfect for the massive compute farms managed by cloud service providers (CSPs) like Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. Very large clusters can be created on-demand. You aren’t restricted to one cluster either; you can create any number of clusters on demand, empowering different teams without causing resource contention.
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Last year was a big year for the cloud. The provider landscape became more competitive in 2016 with the likes of Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Oracle stepping up to AWS’s dominance to secure a position on the field of viable contenders for enterprise cloud business.
Seems like most everyone is taking some time to reflect on the past year. In news, we’ve seen headlines that will continue well into the future including Brexit, the United States election, and the crisis in Syria.
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As the ability of accessing large computing environments eases with the use of cloud, more and more companies are facing storage challenges in high performance computing (HPC) workloads. As innovation brings larger projects to IT infrastructure, managers are faced with performance, capacity, and budget issues. So how can storage bottlenecks be prevented?
When one thinks of healthcare IT, visions of doctors and nursing typing away on laptops mounted on wheeled carts comes to mind. Lately, to improve personalized service, hospitals have shifted these stations to “charting rooms” that look like a cramped college computer lab from the 90s, before every kid had a computer in their dorm room. However, healthcare IT that supports research looks very different. As innovative research into personalized and precision medicine increases, how these two opposed arms of the same system operate becomes of increasing focus.
This article originally appeared in modified form on Cloud Computing Today as a guest blog post on August 29, 2016.
THE ART OF THE CLOUD WARS
Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote that battles are won or lost before they are ever fought, but can the same be said for the cloud wars? Though many industry thought leaders have made predictions, the future of how the battle between public cloud providers will unfold remains hazy. Despite documented projections that global IT spending will fall in 2016, investment in public cloud services is expected to grow 16% this year, fueling the fire of the on-going war. Most industry experts agree that AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud Services are the key players to watch, however many CIOs still struggle with determining which cloud service provider is right for them.
As always, the keynote at AWS Summit New York was packed with announcements and speakers. Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, is a dynamic presenter who can bring the big picture home while announcing new “micro services” available in the AWS ecosystem. He takes a bit of a Steve Jobs approach by introducing products and services and tying them to something bigger — a shift in the landscape that is being felt globally — and makes the audience feel like a big part of that movement.
In early 2015, we worked with Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) to conduct a survey to understand where research organizations were in regards to building a scientific IT infrastructure that supported research goals. The responses showed disparity in many areas, but allowed us to identify five areas where these life science organizations consistently had relatively uniform opinions:
"And it sounds a little bit simple, but the reality is that there's so much inertia all over these organizations in continuing to do things the same way they've been done for the last number of years, for a variety of different reasons," Andy Jassy said from the stage AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
Speaking in his keynote, the head of Amazon Web Services (AWS) spoke not only about cloud inertia, but how the retailer got into the cloud services business, the shifting market from servers to services, and the facilitation of innovation to support public sector missions.