The proliferation of high performance (HPC) has meant that date centre facilities can no longer rely on just providing HPC capabilities as a means to gain competitive advantage. According to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data, what is now standing providers apart is their ability to demonstrate how they are able to deliver this service quicker, smarter and more efficiently than competitors within the market.
It is widely acknowledged that the HPC market is growing. Research published has revealed that the industry is expected to grow up to 36.62bn USD by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.45 per cent. Traditionally, HPC has focused on serving end users including researchers, engineers, scientists, educational institutes and healthcare professionals, but the growth of IoT and Big Data, combined with the emergence of virtual reality now means it is becoming more readily embraced by the enterprise, demanding greater computing power across the IT estate. To meet this demand, data centre providers are enhancing their facilities to support HPC capabilities, but as demand for this has increased so has the need to diversify their offering in order to stay ahead of competitors.