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June 02, 2010

Microsoft News - Microsoft and Novell Come Together to Hybrid Options for High-Performance Computing

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Microsoft (News - Alert) Corp. and Novell Inc., announced they are working in collaboration with third parties to make it easier for IT executives to take advantage of the benefits of supercomputing.

The partners’ technology initiative was developed in their joint Interoperability Lab based in Cambridge, Mass. This kind of initiative brings value to the HPC market by helping the customers realize greater IT infrastructure efficiency and subsequent cost savings, officials said.
What’s more, high-performance computing continues to remain popular as a business face due to the increasing pressure to process data faster and with greater accuracy.
Customers are offered high-performance computing which has the ability to process huge amounts of data and at the same time solve computationally intense problems, making it the best choice for government entities, universities and large companies.
South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing in Cape Town, the continent’s biggest publicly funded HPC facility, is one of the recent companies which have adopted cross-platform solutions and enterprise support offerings from Microsoft and Novell (News - Alert).
“The technical collaboration between Microsoft and Novell has enabled us to reduce overall costs while increasing cross-platform manageability,” said Dr. Happy Sithole, a director at CHPC. “This means we’re able to deliver more consistent quality of service to our customers at the best price possible. In addition, migrating to the Linux support offered by Novell was a great decision for us. Not only do we get the interoperability advantages of seamless integration between our platforms, but we also have the confidence of knowing we are supported by two world-class vendors.”
The IT managers have the power to balance server workloads by running specific applications on the platform of their choice, as they have the capacity to dynamically switch between the Windows or Linux platforms
“Many customers are realizing the benefits of the Microsoft and Novell HPC technical solution that streamlines management functions, reduces internal support requirements and enables greater interoperability without having to dedicate time and resources to devise workarounds,” said Joe Wagner, senior vice president and general manager of Global Alliances at Novell. “Through our successful initiatives in the joint Interoperability Lab, we’ve been able to anticipate the mixed-source IT requirements necessary in today’s business environment.”

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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