Answering customer demand with HPC as a Service

"With HPE, we are now taking the next step toward more flexible and consumable HPC services. Our customers can choose whether they host on premises, at a datacenter of their choosing, or with us - maintaining a bare minimum infrastructure while leveraging on-demand HPC resources when needed."

Ægir Rafn Magnusson, Business Development Director at Advania


Advania has made significant advancements in hosting and datacenter offerings over the years and has built extensive experience and capabilities within the high-performance computing space.

Participating in great HPC projects with some of the world's leading companies has created an opportunity to learn what's needed, and has also shown how much value we can create for our customers.

So what are we doing differently than others in the HPC industry?

When a company's workload has reached maximum capacity - whether generic or HPC - one of the main options is to scale their own infrastructure hardware while taking advantage of on-demand resources where possible for workload spikes.

“Until now, HPC operators have had to go into expensive investments to scale out.”

To economically address traditional IaaS resource needs, public cloud options have been readily available for some time. However, the same advanced solutions have not extended to high-performance computing. For HPC operators, the only way forward was to invest in expensive build-outs: until now. 

In reviewing various HPC projects that we have taken on, we try to identify and address pain points for our customers, carefully evolving our HPC services to better serve their needs and create more value.

 

“We are now taking the next step with HPE towards a flexible and consumable HPC services.”

 

With HPE, we are now taking the next step toward more flexible and consumable HPC services. Our customers can choose whether they host on premises, at a datacenter of their choosing, or with us - maintaining a bare minimum infrastructure while leveraging on-demand HPC resources when needed.

This "hybrid HPC" service enables flexibility for a company's HPC operations; leveraging infrastructure and additional resources on-demand for myriad reasons: to avoid productivity delays while internal build-outs are in progress, to address high priority projects, temporary or seasonal workloads, or to implement HPC processing ad-hoc where investment in an HPC cluster may not be justified. 

Our HPC service can save time, money, and resources for companies that demand flexibility.

 

“A customer can have a pre-built buffer that is only paid for if it is used.”

 

Additionally, we now offer cluster leasing through our HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS).

For a fixed price per month, we will procure, set up, host, maintain, and support an HPC cluster based on your specific needs. Clusters can be refreshed when needed as well, providing a pre-built resource buffer. Our pay-by-use pricing scheme helps transform large, upfront CAPEX investments to manageable OPEX expenditures, enabling your business to do more when needed.

Using CMU to orchestrate workloads, offering containerized HPC, and providing support - all the way up to workflows and applications, we at Advania in partnership with HPE, UberCloud, and CPU24/7 - are excited to take this step into the next generation of HPC.

For further information you can visit the Advania HPC page

A significant decrease in waste and cost

The Health Care Institution of North Iceland (HSN) has seen dramatic betterment of digital communications and also managed to decreased the usage of paper, cost of communications, and the usage of cars in their daily operations following the implementation of Advania‘s Microsoft Office 365 solution and services. Our employees provided technical assistance and consultation during the implementation process. We are proud of the success that the forward-looking people of HSN has already achieved, and happy to receive an award from Microsoft in Iceland for our part in the implementation process.

HSN‘s operations reach throughout a large part of Iceland and include a variety of services. The instituion operates 18 healthcare centers, four hospitals and three nursing homes. Up until recently, the institution invested a lot of time and money in employee transport and communications throughout its extensive operating area. The betterment of the institution‘s digital communications channels has resulted in a considerable drop in the number of transits, telecommunications cost, and usage of paper.

Microsoft Iceland recently held an event where some the company awarded some of its partners honors for completing exceptional projects. Having played a considerable part in HSN‘s success, Advania received the highest honors for Optimizing Operations.

We also received the hightest honors for Transforming Products for our part in the implementiation of Síminn Pay, a solution that enables people to pay for goods and services using the mobile phones. Sigurður Friðrik Pétursson, Product Manger for Microsoft at Advania, was there to accept the honors on behalf of Advania.