Liftr Look Ahead: AWS Outposts - Taking Business From Server Vendors
High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the Cloud
High-performance computing (HPC) requires high bandwidth and low latency networks, which is a large part of what makes HPC expensive. AWS has set out to lower the cost of HPC by creating AWS Outposts, which allows them to potentially take business away from branded server vendors.
What are AWS Outposts?
AWS Outposts are physical server racks used in on-prem data centers that are built from AWS’s cloud hardware and software infrastructure and are easily connectable to AWS cloud services.
The key to AWS HPC is custom smart NIC system-on-chip (SoC) design, called Nitro, which offloads network functions from server processors and accelerates those functions. This is where AWS takes a different strategy from Microsoft’s Azure Stack – Microsoft did not use their own Smart NIC in their on prem OEM hardware stack; AWS uses its Nitro smart NIC and servers in its Outposts rack.
The Future of HPC in the Cloud
This is important because, previously, HPC had a set of problems the cloud market couldn’t address yet. With AWS Outposts, we see the first signs the cloud market CAN address HPC’s high bandwidth. This might be why HPE has backed Pensando to possibly supply HPC to smaller clouds for it to compete with AWS.
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