How to Talk to Your CFO about High Performance Computing on Cloud

How to Talk to Your CFO about High Performance Computing on Cloud

By Flux7 Labs
March 18, 2020

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a balancing act for technologists who support it. They must balance research units demanding more resources on one hand. And, on the other hand, they face the finance organization who demands financial accountability. High Performance Computing on cloud makes this balancing act even more precarious as researchers who see the promise of ‘unlimited compute’ beg for the elasticity of the cloud while finance focuses on the new costs they must carry. Our new white paper helps technologists navigate this balance, sharing strategies, tactics and proven discussion points for a productive conversation with your CFO about the business advantages of cloud HPC. 

High Performance Computing in the Cloud

With the virtually unlimited elasticity and capacity of the cloud, enterprises can accelerate innovation beyond on-premises HPC infrastructure, using simulation, scalable parallel processing, fast data movement, ultra-large memory systems, and other supercomputing capabilities. In addition to faster innovation that can speed time to market, the business benefits of high performance computing on the cloud include reduced queue times and enabling test-related bursting. 


Yet, translating these benefits can be easier said than done which is why we’ve drafted four narrative points to help aid your discussion with the CFO. But first, let’s frame the conversation. Any conversation with the CFO should be framed with their point of view in mind, starting from the point of view of how cloud HPC will further the company’s business goals.  


From this point of view, we recommend these five key discussion points:

  • Cloud high performance computing can increase the strategic use of your human resources. This will give your team more time to focus on meeting core business objectives.
  • High performance computing on AWS, Azure, GCP or another platform shortens the product lifecycle by allowing teams to stay busy and competitive while they wait for new systems to arrive. 
  • Cloud HPC offers a better way to adjust to cyclical business issues, driving innovation when it’s needed. 
  • Enterprises are empowered to grow efficiency and productivity with HPC on AWS, Azure or GCP. 
  • Last, cloud-based high performance computing infrastructure can help manage risk by replicating data, giving the organization a critical copy of the data it needs. This, in turn, will help the enterprise get up and running again in just hours or days.


Enterprises Innovate with AWS HPC 

Flux7 helped a leading pharmaceutical company migrate its systems to take advantage of software automation and HPC resources for real-time analytics of its clinical data. A highly-available, secure environment for advanced R&D modeling and analysis, the new HPC environment includes a complete migration of the firm’s diverse data sets and Cloudera Hadoop-based analytics systems to AWS.


For media company Yactraq Online, Flux7 optimized price and performance by leveraging spot instances. In processing more than 60-million seconds of video, Flux7 was able to lower the on-demand price by 80%. Yactraq was able to use this spot strategy to continue offering high performance to its customers while lowering its prices.


Are you interested in achieving these types of gains? Reach out to our HPC consulting services team today. 


Or, read our new white paper to gain detailed discussion points to begin a constructive conversation with your CFO around the cost and time to market implications of moving HPC to the cloud.

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Written by Flux7 Labs

Flux7, an NTT DATA Company, is the only Sherpa on the DevOps journey that assesses, designs, and teaches while implementing a holistic solution for its enterprise customers, thus giving its clients the skills needed to manage and expand on the technology moving forward. Not a reseller or an MSP, Flux7 recommendations are 100% focused on customer requirements and creating the most efficient infrastructure possible that automates operations, streamlines and enhances development, and supports specific business goals.

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