Alces Flight: On Demand HPC now Available in the Azure Marketplace

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Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to Alces Flight to take advantage of the scalability, reliability and agility of Azure. With Alces Flight, it is possible for researchers to spin up any size of High-Performance Computing cluster in minutes, providing users with a fully-featured HPC environment that includes thousands of open source applications.

The release of Alces Flight in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Wil Mayers, Technical Director for Alces Flight. “By expanding our offering to the Azure Marketplace we are enabling a larger audience to embrace the flexibility of cloud HPC. Whether the user is experienced in HPC or just starting out, our environment will allow them to harness all the compute that Azure has to offer. For advanced users, we have found that low-latency RDMA capable nodes available in Azure can provide a boost to tightly-coupled application performance.”

With Alces Flight, researchers and scientists can quickly spin up multiple nodes with pre-installed compilers, libraries and hundreds of scientific computing applications covering domains including engineering, genomics, bioinformatics and machine-learning. Alces Flight uses standard virtual machines (VM), disk and Azure Blob Storage while facilitating access to the flexible pricing that Microsoft offers to keep compute costs low. Further, Alces Flight works both on-cloud and on-premise, allowing institutions the option to run hybrid HPC environments.

We’re excited to welcome Alces Flight to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe,” said Sajan Parihar, Director, Microsoft Azure Platform. “Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.”

The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.

About Alces Flight

Alces Flight is made up of a team of specialists in High-Performance Computing software for scientists, engineers and researchers. Based in the UK, Alces designs, builds and supports environments to help users make efficient use of the compute and storage resources available to them. Our products are designed to support both existing users with software that is familiar to them, and help first-time users to discover, learn and develop their HPC skills.

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