Cycle Computing rolls out DataManager for cloud supercomputers

Summary:DataManager aims to automate data archival and retrieval from cloud efforts such as Amazon Web Services' Glacier.

Cycle Computing, which makes cloud-based software for high performance computing, launched DataManager on Thursday, which schedules and manages data sets for large workloads such as genomics.


DataManager aims to automate data archival and retrieval from cloud efforts such as Amazon Web Services' Glacier. AWS and companies like Cycle Computing are aiming to make high performance computing (HPC) available to the masses.

These big workloads can enable startups and smaller players in industries such as life sciences, financial services and energy. Data Manager is generally available following beta testing with two pharmaceutical companies and two life insurance firms.

Cycle Computing's Data Manager features the following:

  • Elasticity to move data from local file system to AWS Glacier or a remote file system at a date and time.
  • Usage statistics for accounting purposes.
  • Local encryption for data in transit and in AWS Glacier.
  • The ability to free up hot storage. 

DataManager joins Cycle Computing's portfolio of HPC tools including CycleServer (orchestration software), CycleCloud (utility supercomputing application), CycleHarvest (virtualized HPC clusters) and Enterprise HPC support. 

Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing, said the company uses its software  to create an HPC cluster 10,600 server utility supercomputer. This utility supercomputer, used by a major pharmaceutical company, was created in 2 hours, ran 39 years of computing on Amazon EC2 in 9 hours, for $4,372.

Topics: Cloud, Big Data, Data Centers


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