Bright Computing, makers of software solutions geared towards HPC (High Performance Computing) scenarios, have announced the latest version of Cluster Manager, which now better integrates with Azure.
In a post on the Azure blog, Felipe Ayora, Senior PM for Azure HPC & Big Compute reveals that the latest version of Bright Cluster Manager allows enterprise customers to extend on-premises computing clusters into Azure, or simply create a brand new cluster entirely in Azure.
Of this release, Bright Computing's CTO, Martijn de Vries, said:
We are pleased to offer this new integration to our customers and we are confident that the solution will be very popular with our user base. Cloud bursting from an on-premises cluster to Microsoft Azure offers companies an efficient, cost-effective, secure and flexible way to add additional resources to their HPC infrastructure. Bright's integration with Azure also gives our clients the ability to build an entire off-premises cluster for compute-intensive workloads in the Azure cloud platform.
In essence, what the company is offering is a solution for "cloud bursting". This allows companies to extended their on-premises HPC capabilities to the cloud - or "burst to the cloud"-, and adjust them according to computing needs. It also means that you can create an HPC cluster in Azure which will behave like an on-premises one, and which can be customized with the newest GPUs on demand. The result is that as a customer, you end up "paying only for what you use."
An in-depth overview of the features new to the latest version of Bright Cluster Manager is available in episode 180 of the Azure Podcast.