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Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing

The computing giant Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Cycle Computing to strengthen the company’s HPC and big data cloud infrastructure.

Cycle computing, a Connecticut based company that has been in operation since 2005 has built up considerable expertise in the orchestration of big data and HPC workloads in the cloud.

Jason Zander - Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure stated in a blog post on the Microsoft website: ‘I’m pleased to share that we’ve acquired Cycle Computing, a leader in cloud computing orchestration, to help make it easier than ever for customers to use High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud. The cloud is quickly changing the world of Big Compute, giving customers the on-demand power and infrastructure necessary to run massive workloads at scale without the overhead. Your compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data centre.’

Microsoft stated that this deal will strengthen the Azure platform and help the Microsoft better facilitate the use of big data and HPC workloads on its Azure platform. ‘Combining the most specialised Big Compute infrastructure available in the public cloud with Cycle Computing’s technology and years of experience with the world’s largest supercomputers, we open up many new possibilities. Most importantly, Cycle Computing will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud, and make it easy to take advantage of the most performant and compliant infrastructure available in the public cloud today’ said Zander.

As customers continue to look for faster, more efficient ways to run their workloads, Microsoft expects that Cycle Computing’s depth and expertise around massively scalable applications will become increasingly important for enterprise customers’. Their technology will further enhance our support of Linux HPC workloads and make it easier to extend on-premise workloads to the cloud’ concluded Zander.

Jason Stowe, CEO, Cycle Computing stated: ‘We see amazing opportunities in joining forces with Microsoft. Its global cloud footprint and unique hybrid offering is built with enterprises in mind, and its Big Compute/HPC team has already delivered pivotal technologies such as InfiniBand and next generation GPUs. The Cycle team can’t wait to combine CycleCloud’s technology for managing Linux and Windows compute & data workloads, with Microsoft Azure’s Big Compute infrastructure roadmap and global market reach.’

‘In short, we’re psyched to be joining the Azure team precisely because they share our vision of bringing Big Compute to the world: to solve our customers’, and frequently humanity’s most challenging problems through the use of cloud HPC’ Stowe added.

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