Data centre (DC) providers looking to capitalise on the demand for high-performance compute (HPC) services, which are expected to grow over the next five years, must not underestimate the size of the financial outlay needed to support the technology, warns Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data.
Historically, end users of HPC services have been researchers, engineers, scientists, educational institutes and healthcare professionals, but the growth of data demanding technologies, including cloud, big data, and IoT now means that HPC is becoming more readily embraced across the wider business community. According to recent research the HPC market is expected to reach $33bn in value by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of five per cent from 2016.
While many are keen to leverage the benefits of HPC, the reality is that many DC’s don’t possess the infrastructure needed to support the demands of the technology. In line with further research from Gartner predicting increased spend in DC services over the next 12 months, McCulloch suggests we could see a greater proportion of DC providers wanting to allocate more of their budget towards investment in HPC services: