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X-ISS Beefs Up HPC Administration Products and Services

X-ISS made two big announcements today regarding some new HPC-centric products and services.  Those of you with reasonably sized Dell clusters might know X-ISS has the integration and services company that, on occasion, assists Dell in performing HPC deployments.  The first press release officially announces what they call the DecisionHPC monitoring suite.  The web-based monitoring and analytics package helps collect and report data on heterogeneous computing systems.  The goal of DecisionHPC is provide information to systems administrations such that they can make more reliable decisions.

“With more than 500 HPC cluster system installations and support services since 1993, X-ISS has observed that most users of HPC systems struggle to maximize system productivity, aligning computing resource usage with organizational goals, and plan for future needs; these problems stem from what until now, has been a lack of detailed and insightful system statistics and analytics, and is the reason we have developed DecisionHPC. The ability to monitor, report on and provide immediate, historical and forecasted system data and analytics, even on heterogeneous and geographically separate systems, provides HPC users new capabilities that are critical to optimizing ROI on HPC investments.” [Deepak Khosla]

The second announcement involves managed HPC services.  Not only can X-ISS install your machine now, they can also manage it remotely.  ManagedHPC from X-ISS is the outsourced HPC system management service that allows customers without systems administration expertise in house to purchase HPC resources.

“As a part of this significant investment into the Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin, we were able to procure a 142-node cluster computer from Dell and funding for a cluster system administrator. After an extensive search for this position, we only received a small handful of candidates, of which only a few were qualified. We didn’t have the timeframe to hire and train the right person for the job, which is where X-ISS and its ManagedHPC program came into play. X-ISS has been able to handle getting the system up and running,
software installations, and proactively handle technical issues so we could focus on working with the Engineering staff on specific code needs and department usage of this shared resource. It has allowed us to focus our attention where it was most needed.” [David Crass, University of Wisconsin Director of Research Computing]

ManagedHPC services include:

  • Turnkey outsource system management service
  • On-site installation & setup
  • Secure remote system monitoring, management & support
  • Seasoned X-ISS Team w/ more than 500 HPC installations
  • Proactive management & reporting process
  • Uses DecisionHPC to help guide growth

For more info on DecisionHPC, check out its website here.

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