Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing to Integrate HPC Technology into Azure

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has completed the acquirement of an orchestration startup named Cycle Computing. It also confirmed that Microsoft now has the plan to integrate Cycle Computing’s high-performance computing tech into its Azure cloud platform. For the financial details, both companies did not offer.

The startup simplifies the process to deploy high-performance computing on virtualized environments, in the cloud and internal grids, in the means of assisting users quantify, manage, as well as improve utilization. According to its founder & CEO Jason Stowe, Cycle Computing’s products are used to help users fight against cancer and some other diseases, create higher quality hard drives, manage risks for people’s retirements, and make faster rockets. The featured product of Cycle Computing is CycleCloud, which supports Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as internal infrastructure. 

In terms of supporting platforms, we learned from Microsoft that it would still support the startup’s clients to use other cloud platforms such as GCE and AWS. Of course, in the future versions, it has to be more Azure focused. To reach it, the company guaranteed that Microsoft would offers Cycle Computing users the seamless migration services so as to make them migrate to Azure smoothly, when they decide to move. 

When talking about the reason to join Azure team, Stowe pointed out Microsoft’s cloud footprint and market reach in the world, and also pointed to its Big Compute/HPC team as having delivering vital technologies. The technology of startup for managing Linux and Windows data workloads and compute will be part of Azure’s Big Compute team 

As for Microsoft, the company thinks highly of Cycle Computing as a cloud computing orchestration leader with rich experience. With this acquisition, Microsoft has conduct its strategy of making more companies can access HPC as well as other Big Computing capabilities, by putting these companies in the cloud, allowing them to run massive workloads. The company says that it wants to get Big Computing readily available more, and therefore users’ compute power will not be limited or measured by their data center’s square footage. In general, the company believed that Cycle Compute can empower its support to Linux HPC workloads, and also make the extension of on-promise workloads to cloud easier. 


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