Cloud Giant Microsoft Acquires Big Compute and Big Data Solutions Provider Cycle Computing
August 18, 2017
Cloud giant Microsoft has acquired big compute and big data solutions provider Cycle Computing. Microsoft, which has headquarters in Redmond, Washington, United States, is the power behind Microsoft Azure and cloud solutions like Office 365. The company aims to make High-Performance Computing (HPC) available to a broader range of businesses by lowering costs and reducing dependency on skilled technical staff. Its acquisition of Cycle Computing is one of a number designed with HPC expansion in mind. Reports suggest Cycle Computing had been eyed by both AWS and Google.
Cycle Computing, which has headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, United States, was established in 2005. The company specializes in cloud computing orchestration software and solutions that leverage cloud resources to manage workflows and data, and “make computation in the cloud productive at any scale". Its offerings are verified for use with Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google clouds, and its global customer base includes companies like Lockheed Martin, Purdue University, JP Morgan Chase and Pfizer. Financial aspects of Microsoft’s acquisition have not been released.
“The cloud is quickly changing the world of big compute, giving customers the on-demand power and infrastructure necessary to run massive workloads at scale without the overhead,” explained Microsoft Azure’s Corporate Vice-President, Jason Zander on the company’s blog. “Your compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data center,” he added. “Cycle Computing will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud, and make it easy to take advantage of the most performant and compliant infrastructure available in the public cloud today.”
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