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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

Powering Global Growth For Opera Software

"The abundant, inexpensive, and green energy paired with a data centre investing in its own growth has meant that we have been able to expand rapidly"

VP, Global IT Procurement and Contracts, Opera Software


Opera Software crafts products and services that connect 350 million people to the Internet. More than 130 mobile operators around the world work with Opera to give their customers the best web experience. The Opera mobile advertising platform enables publishers to monetize their content and allows brands to reach a global audience of more than 800 million consumers.  

The Business Need

Back in 2010 there was a need to find a space where Opera could expand its high-density, computing-intensive browser services. The requirement was energy intensive but there was also a need to do things as economically and with as much renewable energy as possible. The Thor data centre facility, which is now owned and operated by Advania, continues to offer a hosting solution that meets the following critera: 

  • Energy efficient with a low PUE* 
  • Cost efficient
  • Green solution, based on renewable energy
  • Not too far from the major European content hubs

The Solution 

Since the initial deployment of a dozen high density racks in a bespoke container in 2010, Opera has expanded within Advania´s data centre to nearly treble the original footprint but with new and powerful servers. 
Advania has provided Opera with all on-site service and operated the servers and other equipment that Opera uses in its operations in the Advania Thor data centre. The Service Level Agreement that Opera has with Advania entails the following:

  • Advania keeps spare parts for Opera servers and equipment
  • Advania provides Opera with team of engineers on stand-by 24/7 to minimize the effect of software or hardware issues
  • Advania installs all new equipment and servers as needed 

 “In addition to providing us with space and power, Advania has also been our primary support provider; their skilled staff have been our eyes, ears, and hands, helping us to keep the services running,” comments Anthony Nichols VP, Global IT Procurement and Contracts at Opera Software.

Business Benefits

“The abundant, inexpensive, and green energy paired with a data centre investing in its own growth has meant that we have been able to expand rapidly as many more millions of users have taken up our services during our time there,” adds Mr. Nichols. 

* Power Usage Effectiveness - PUE - is the ratio of total amount of energy used by a computer data center facility to the energy delivered to computing equipment. PUE was developed by a consortium called The Green Grid. PUE is the inverse of data center infrastructure efficiency (DCIE).