Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Microsoft buys a high-performance cloud company to boost Azure against Amazon, Google

Microsoft buys a high-performance cloud company to boost Azure against Amazon, Google

Cycle Computing's software makes computation in the cloud productive at scale by orchestrating workflows, managing data, balancing cloud options, and enabling users in a controlled way.

Microsoft hopes to make it easier for customers to use high performance computing (HPC) and other "Big Computing" capabilities in the cloud following its acquisition of cloud orchestration solutions provider, Cycle Computing.

Microsoft's expansion into Canberra is the first opportunity for public cloud services from a major provider to be located in the same highly secure facilities as some of the nation's most sensitive data. Microsoft says it wants to make Big Computing more readily available (the expensive technology has traditionally been only accessible to the most well-funded organizations) so that "your compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data center". Thus far, we have made significant investments across our infrastructure, services and partner ecosystem to realize this vision.

Earlier in May 2017, the Australian government said it will spend A$129.6m over three years to upgrade outdated computer systems across government agencies, which have been required to adopt cloud where it is fit for goal, provides adequate data protection of data and delivers value for money under the government's cloud computing policy.

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Microsoft hasn't said how this product will be brought into the Azure family of services but I suspect we will not have to wait too long to find out. It also has powerful infrastructure, InfiniBand support for fast networking and state-of-the-art GPU capabilities.

"Most importantly, Cycle Computing will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud, and make it easy to take advantage of the most performant and compliant infrastructure available in the public cloud today", Zander said. We look forward to hearing many more success stories from other customers as well, and we're excited for you to put Azure to the test.

Although most organisations in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) are still trying to understand how cloud services can help them achieve cost reduction and business agility, they still lead the Asia-Pacific region in cloud maturity, according to IDC.

Cycle Computing, based in Stamford, Connecticut, was founded in 2005.

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