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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

Taking Hosted Backup Services to the Next Level

"For the past years, we at Advania have collaborated closely with the backup company Veeam in the development and implementation of our backup systems that safeguard and service our virtual hosting environment. This has catapulted us to being a leading player in the backup services industry."

Olafur Helgi Haraldsson


For the past years, we at Advania have collaborated closely with the backup company Veeam in the development and implementation of our backup systems that safeguard and service our virtual hosting environment. This has catapulted us to being a leading player in the backup services industry.

Check out our Veeam Cloud Connect Services
 

Recognition for ambition and cooperation

Earlier this month Veeam presented Advania with the prestigious “Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP) Partner Award” This award is given to Nordic hosting companies who have demonstrated exceptional ambition and cooperation with Veeam. 
Last winter I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the VeeamON 2015 conferences which are hosted by Veeam. My task was to give other hosting companies insight into how Advania plans and implements backup services and how we create value for our customers. 

VEEAM Advania award.
 Me (on the far right) with our partners, my colleague Petur Arnason with the reward in the middle. 

Backup should add value

We at Advania believe that backup is one of the basic services included in hosting. It should not only be a good defense against data loss, but it should also be value adding. For example, new virtual machines and data should seamlessly be integrated in our Service Level Agreements and companies that are hosted by us do not experience disruption to their operations. There is a need to cooperate closely with customers so they are able to use the full potential of data backup services. 
 
By breaking away from the old way of doing things and automate backup in the hosting environment there is a great deal of potential for getting real benefits for both hosters and customers. This improves both service level and data security.

Test backup services – they are the zero in the 3-2-1-0 rule

Smart backup services enable you to do automatic testing. When planning your backup services, it is important to safeguard data with the 3-2-1-0 rule. It is often forgotten that backup can be unreliable unless it is tested on a regular basis. Instead of testing your backup ad hoc, it is recommended that testing is both frequent and automatic. 
The 3-2-1-0 Rule
3. Have three copies of data
2. The data is stored on two different medium
1. One copy should be safely stored off site
0. Test regularly how to restore the IT environment automatically

Have a sandbox to prepare for updates or changes

When new implementations or updates are being tested, it is often difficult to get access to live systems without putting a lot of strain on system administrators or developers. This is simply due to the fact that it is difficult to set up a testing environment that contains all the nodes and services included in the system to be tested.
 
We at Advania use backup systems to boot entire environments of backup stacks in a protected environment. This way you can apply updates or add-ons without wasting precious resources used by live IT environments and therefore lower the risk of failure in your systems. 

In order to maximize the operational security of your IT systems the best way is to test backup in a reliable fashion in a protected environment before changes are made in a live IT environment.
 

Have copies off site

There are many ways to get back up data offsite. Probably, the most popular method is to take data tapes and store them in a bank vault. They are, however, often a poor choice for storing tapes due to environmental factors such as humidity levels. 
We offer our customers who use Veeam solutions to move data to our data centers using a self-service solution. Advania data centers are constantly monitored by our technicians and experts and are ISO 270001 certified. When using our services it is relatively easy and simple to reclaim important data in case of major disasters.