High-Performance Computing (HPC) has always been a high-wire act for the technologists who support it. They face two opposing forces of the business that actively push and pull on the balance bar: research units demanding more resources and the finance organization demanding financial accountability. In many ways, the advent of the cloud has exacerbated this problem as researchers who see the promise of “unlimited compute” beg for the elasticity of the cloud while the finance organizations who must pay for it focus solely on the new costs they must shoulder.
How shall HPC IT professionals walk this tightrope? By focusing on the business benefits cloud computing brings to HPC teams such as reduced queue times and enabling test-related bursting. As such, in this paper, we’ll share strategies, tactics and proven discussion points for a productive conversation with your CFO about the business advantages of cloud HPC.
Speak the CFO’s Love Language
Any conversation with the CFO should be framed with their point of view in mind. While you’d be right to say that the CFO is interested in saving money, CFOs ultimately want to achieve the corporate mission and cloud HPC can help do just that. Start the conversation from the point of view of how cloud HPC will further the company’s business goals, and how it will help the business capitalize on opportunities as it manages risk.