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Excelian offers a fully managed compute Grid solution with pay-as-you-go infrastructure costs

20 Mar 2014 London - Excelian, an award-winning technology consultancy specialising within the financial services and commodities sectors, has introduced its Grid as a Service (GaaS) offering on the Windows Azure Cloud platform. The new solution offers a fully flexible Grid capability with an infrastructure running on the Windows Azure Cloud platform. The solution allows full control of the Grid dynamically, as well as the ability to integrate the solution with an on-premises application.

Compute Grids are a key technology used in the financial services industry to perform pricing and risk management for trading portfolios. A number of companies use on-premises compute Grid infrastructures, but these can be expensive to maintain, with utilisation in the industry averaging around 30%. Another challenge when running on-premises Grids is flexibility, as they don't offer the ability to respond to unexpected requirements that arise in critical business situations.

With Cloud computing maturing in performance and reliability, GaaS can be used as an effective solution for a compute Grid environment in the financial services industry. Our solution takes advantage of these Cloud benefits by utilizing the Windows Azure Cloud platform to reduce maintenance costs and improve situational flexibility.

"Grid as a Service is a fully packaged solution that enables organizations to take advantage of compute resources such as those from Windows Azure in a very quick, cost-effective, and secure manner", stated Andre Nedelcoux, Partner at Excelian.

"With the Windows Azure Cloud platform, customers gain resiliency, flexibility and virtually limitless capacity, as well as the ability to dynamically adjust usage as required in peak usage situations", stated Bob Kelly, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft. "Excelian builds on this platform, adding its understanding and expertise in financial services, to give Finance customers a GaaS solution that addresses management, provisioning and cost-for-compute."

The solution is based on a set of representational state transfer (REST) services packaged in an application programming interface (API). This API lets clients integrate the solution with their on-premises systems and dynamically create or delete compute Grids, upload data and analytics, and schedule workloads against a flexible infrastructure.

Excelian has been implementing managed HPC service support frameworks since 2010. This framework allows clients to benefit from Excelian's expertise and experience, and gives access to a managed support team that can run and manage the solution 24/7. Clients choosing to use the GaaS solution will benefit from the expertise of this team as well as our managed service framework, the objective being to offer a full turnkey experience to clients.

Many use cases can benefit from the solution:

  • Transient environments, e.g., development, user acceptance testing, models back-testing, in which there is a need for a significant high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for a limited period of time
  • Variable and poorly understood workloads, e.g., new workloads, for which it is difficult to size the infrastructure appropriately before implementing the calculations and/or running them in production
  • Workloads that need to optimise HPC cost for multiple low-utilisation, on-premises Grids that cannot share resources, Grids that peak simultaneously, or with technically incompatible applications.
The solution is available now for beta testing for clients that wish to understand how it can integrate with their systems, understand the level of functionality that the solution brings and compare it with other Grid solutions on the market. Various pricing options are available from fully packaged - monthly service and license fee plus infrastructure costs - to a software license fee only.
Source: Excelian

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-03-24

Special

Crowd computing takes a closer look at the social life of molecules ...

Exascale supercomputing

Dongarra calls for renewed focus on research into high-end math ...

The Cloud

HP expands testing for mobile and Cloud-based application delivery ...

Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC transforms performance management system with Oracle HCM Cloud ...

EuroFlash

HPC performance insight improves usage at Cardiff University ...

Early-Bird registration opens for International Supercomputing Conference ...

Europe's most powerful supercomputer cleared for users ...

Bright Computing expands product line to manage HPC, OpenStack, and Apache Hadoop clusters ...

World-renowned computational biophysicist, Klaus Schulten to deliver ISC'14 keynote ...

Innovative computer under scrutiny ...

Plans for world class research centre in the United Kingdom ...

2nd International Workshop on OpenCL full technical programme is now available ...

Excelian offers a fully managed compute Grid solution with pay-as-you-go infrastructure costs ...

Prêt-à-fabriquer: Real-time simulation of textiles ...

Follow the ant trail for drug design ...

CFAED presents the new microchip 'Tomahawk 2' at the DATE'14 in Dresden ...

USFlash

Cray to install China's first Cray XC30 supercomputer at Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital ...

Dot Hill storage products drill down to support oil & gas applications ...

The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group announce collaboration to advance genomic medicine ...

SDSC's Gordon supercomputer assists in whole-genome sequencing analysis under collaboration with Janssen ...

HP delivers powerful system with faster analytics engine for SAP HANA environments ...

Southern Methodist University announces name for new supercomputer: ManeFrame ...

Oregon physicists use geometry to understand 'jamming' process ...

NIST chips help BICEP2 telescope find direct evidence of origin of the universe ...

University of Idaho researchers gain new advantage with one of the nation's most powerful computers ...

Study finds forest corridors help plants disperse their seeds ...

Computer analyzes massive clinical databases to properly categorize asthma patients ...

Start-up focuses on reliable, efficient cooling for computer servers ...