Interview: Univa Steps Up with NAVOPS 2.0 for moving HPC Workloads to the Cloud

Today Univa announced the newest release of its popular Navops Launch cloud-automation platform. Navops Launch 2.0 delivers new capabilities to help simplify the migration of Navops Launchenterprise HPC workloads to the cloud, enabling enterprises to transition HPC workloads to the cloud while reducing costs by 30-40 percent.

To learn more, we caught up with Univa CEO Gary Tyreman.

insideHPC: With this release, Univa aims to simplify the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud. As the long-time providers of the Univa Grid Engine workload manager, what prompted you to bring Navops to market?

Gary Tyreman: The journey to bring Navops Launch to the market started around two years ago when the market was just beginning to integrate HPC cloud into compute-intensive datacenter strategies. What has changed over the past 18 months, at least according to our market and customer surveys, is the interest in HPC cloud integration at a larger scale as strictly on-premise workloads cannot keep up with the speed at which organizations need to store and scale them in a cost-effective manner. Univa has invested in and sold cloud automation products for years, and Navops Launch – the outcome of that development and learning – isn’t entirely a new product we are bringing to the market. This announcement for Navops Launch 2.0 is an enhancement of our current Navops Launch solution that incorporates capabilities for cost control and budgeted cloud-spend association, as well as workload and resource automation features through composable automation applets, and integrated support for the Slurm workload scheduler – all of which simplify the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud for our users. Today, we have a considerable percentage of customers looking at, evaluating or using HPC cloud.

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