HPC, storage and data analytics provider, OCF has launched the UK’s first public cloud-based high performance computing (HPC) disaster recovery service. The HPC Cloud Replication Service offers universities and research institutions a managed service that can replicate existing HPC infrastructures on the public cloud.
With the HPC Cloud Replication Service, essential data can be transferred periodically to the public cloud, so if a disaster hits, the data is already safely available on a mirrored version of an HPC cluster. This is also a useful tool in planned downtime for maintenance or new software trials, whereby updates or testing can be conducted without impacting current workloads and research. The affordability is a big factor for many organisations too as the public cloud is less costly compared to the private cloud.
‘HPC is an important part of any organisation that needs to derive data and insights to turn into knowledge. However, it is a key concern for many CIOs that their disaster recovery plans don’t protect such a major asset, their data,’ says Julian Fielden, managing director, OCF. ‘As public cloud becomes more affordable, you no longer need to resort to the expense of buying a second replica cluster for back-up in an emergency.
With this new service, we can provide assurance to organisations in the event of a disaster. By mirroring a cluster in the cloud, organisations can access their data at any time. As a systems integrator, we are vendor agnostic and have extensive HPC and storage expertise so can offer a bespoke service to meet your needs.’
OCF has over 20 years’ experience in supporting the significant data challenges of private and public UK organisations. With this new service, OCF can offer an affordable managed service to organisations looking to shape their HPC, public cloud storage and disaster recovery strategies.