"The ease with which cloud services can be consumed can cause costs to quickly get out of control, posing a major business challenge for HPC Cloud users", stated Krishnan Subramanian, founder and Chief Research Advisor, Rishidot Research. "It's not uncommon for users to over-provision compute instances and storage or start Cloud services and forget them. Tiered pricing schemes, bandwidth-related costs, and fluid rate structures that can vary by region, make costs in the cloud difficult to manage while products like Navops Launch can help control these costs."
Navops Launch was initially developed to focus on automated resource provisioning and application-aware Cloud bursting. Navops Launch 2.0 extends these capabilities to include cost control and budgeted Cloud-spend association, and powerful new features for workload and resource automation via composable automation applets.
New capabilities in Navops Launch 2.0 include:
"Navops Launch has experienced excellent market momentum since we introduced it to the market", stated Gary Tyreman, president and CEO, Univa. "Enterprises are rapidly embracing hybrid cloud for HPC workloads, and as they do, they invariably face challenges related to Cloud-spend management and efficiency, problem areas where Univa has focused our newest release to help users significantly reduce their costs."
In February of 2019, Western Digital and Amazon Web Services announced the use of Navops Launch to deploy a million-core Univa Grid Engine cluster in the Cloud reducing the runtime for a large-scale production multiphysics simulation from 20 days to eight hours.
Unlike tools that provision Cloud resources based on simple static policies or cloud queues, Navops Launch is application, resource and budget-aware, and can adjust workload and resource deployments on-the-fly considering planned spending by project and department, on-premise capacity, actual resource consumption, and data access patterns.
Navops Launch can project monthly Cloud billings and visually highlight cost savings opportunities. The automation engine provides users with tools to automate proactive cost-saving measures such as selecting the most cost-efficient instance types by application or detecting and shutting down unused services based on configurable policies. With these tools, organizations can boost efficiency, and track efficiency gains and savings month over month.
Navops Launch is production-proven at many of Univa's enterprise hybrid Cloud customers. Additionally, Navops Launch offers users the ability to deploy and manage hybrid and dedicated HPC clusters for thousands of applications, including AI, machine learning, life sciences, manufacturing, and transportation. Since its initial launch in 2018, the product has been named a winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year Category in the prestigious 2018 Best in Biz Awards and is the recipient of a 2019 Silver Stevie award winner in the Cloud infrastructure category by the American Business Awards.