Dispelling The Top 5 Myths of Cloud HPC

Beliefs are opinions that the longer they are held, the more cherished they tend to become. The challenge is, as technology advances, a belief can easily morph into a bias. IT decisions that were absolutely correct when first made years or even months ago as time passes become assumptions based on myth rather than actual factual assertions.

One of the most widely held beliefs in IT today is that high-performance computing (HPC) platforms can’t cost-effectively be accessed as a cloud service. The general assumption is that it’s more costly to run almost any long-running application in the cloud than it is to deploy it in a local data center.

In truth, however, cloud computing infrastructure and platforms to access compute resources continue to rapidly evolve. Factors influencing HPC applications range from the cost of cloud instances and the level of security provided to assumptions about the number of HPC applications any IT team might need to support have all changed in the last few months. It’s clear the time to revisit those HPC decisions has arrived.

With that premise in mind, there are no less than five HPC assumptions that are now more myth than actual fact.

Here are the top five myths the ebook debunks:

  1. HPC is a Niche Application
  2. Cloud is Not Cost-Effective for HPC
  3. Cloud Can’t Meed HPC Requirements
  4. Deploying HPC in the Cloud is Difficult
  5. Cloud is Not Secure Enough for HPC