Microsoft’s CCS 2003 continues to serve as a fundamental part of new HPC offerings designed by the hardware vendors to make the transition from PCs to HPC as painless, and familiar, as possible.
You’ll recall that we mentioned back in February that IBM was pushing hard down into the bottom of the market in partnership with CCS, HP was already offering CCS via its HPC web configurator, and even Fujitsu has done some marketing around CCS. Industry insiders in the traditional HPC community say even more deals are in the works that will push CCS even further into HPC.
Today HP and Microsoft are announcing that they’re expanding their relationship. HP is also adding some installation glue and documentation to wrap the whole package up.
The extension of the alliance entails a multimillion dollar investment by both HP and Microsoft, and includes HP selling Microsoft Windows® Compute Cluster Server (CCS) 2003 direct and via reseller channels as part of the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio, which is supported on HP ProLiant servers, HP BladeSystem and HP Cluster platforms.
Perhaps more interestingly
As part of the alliance, HP and Microsoft have established technology centers in Houston and Grenoble, France, for customers and independent software vendors. The technology centers provide a venue for benchmarking, testing and validating applications on HP servers based on AMD and Intel processors running Windows CCS.