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Moving HPC to the Cloud with Easy8 and Bright Cluster Manager

Bill Wagner (left) is CEO of Bright Computing.

In this video from SC19, Bill Wagner from Bright Computing announces the latest release of Bright Cluster Manager software for HPC, OpenStack, and Data Science. Now available for free for clusters up to eight nodes with the Easy8 program, Bright Cluster Manager simplifies building and managing Linux clusters from the core to the cloud and to the edge.

We are excited about the new features in 9.0,” said Bill Wagner, CEO of Bright Computing. “Our development team has been hard at work implementing a host of features designed to better extend on-premise clusters to the public cloud and edge, improve ease of use, lower administrative costs, and increase standardization across the enterprise. The platform enhancements included in this latest update further our mission in offering a cluster management platform that reduces complexity and decreases the effort and risk when building and maintaining Linux clusters.”

Bright Cluster Manager 9.0 Highlights include:

  • Enhance cloud integration with new data management capabilities, integrated marketplace pricing/payment options and support for larger jobs in the cloud
  • Combine multiple CPU architectures and operating systems in the same cluster
  • Auto-scale hybrid cloud implementations
  • Get detailed resource utilization from within Kubernetes
  • Run customizable dashboards in Bright View
  • Support OpenStack Stein and Ceph Nautilus
  • Deploy edge compute with additional options and increased resiliency

At SC19, Bright Computing also announced the launch of “Easy8” – a program designed to put their award-winning Bright Cluster Manager software in the hands of every organization working with high-performance Linux clusters. Easy8 offers the full-featured Bright Cluster Manager software for up to 8 nodes at no charge and is available immediately from the Bright Computing website. Bright also announced the launch of its new “BEACON” user community, which is designed to provide Bright customers and Easy8 users with a free forum where they can access technical content, share experiences, ask/answer questions, exchange ideas, and suggest product enhancements. With Easy8 and BEACON, Bright Computing has set the stage for high-performance Linux clusters to become the cornerstone of corporate data centers by enabling organizations to quickly build and manage the infrastructure necessary for the new generation of compute-intensive applications that are making their way into the data center.

Whether you are experienced or new to Linux clusters, the reality is that they are inherently complex to build, troubleshoot, and maintain with hundreds or thousands of discrete compute, storage, and networking elements that must all work in unison,” said Bill Wagner, CEO of Bright Computing. “With the Easy8 program, we’re giving every organization the ability to use our software free of charge for up to 8 nodes to demonstrate how powerful and beneficial Bright Cluster Manager software can be for their business.”

Wagner also announced the launch of the New BEACON User Community.

Bright now has several thousand deployments and users spanning commercial, educational, and public sectors, providing a critical mass of knowledge and passionate users to fuel the interaction necessary for an effective community. For Bright’s commercially supported customers, BEACON will provide added value and supplement the formal customer channel with a collaborative user forum that many have been asking for.

Bright has a passionate base of customers who actively engage each other at Bright-sponsored community events,” said Dan Kuczkowski, Senior Vice President of Sales at Bright Computing. “With the implementation of the BEACON user community, our customers now have direct access to an online forum where they can engage with thousands of additional users and use cases. This will open the door to collaboration and input on the continued development of our product portfolio in a variety of ways.”

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