HPC at a cloud crossroad?
Editorial Director Computing and Delta
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IT leaders are operating in the most challenging circumstances we have seen in a generation. Huge numbers of staff – in the IT team and beyond – now work from home in a cultural shift that looks set to stay.
This has forced organisations to accelerate cloud strategies and other digital initiatives to support distributed workforces, secure cashflows and pivot to digital lines of business.
Surviving and thriving in this new world mandates first rate infrastructure that enables reliable and accessible data to move easily between applications and environments. All underpinned by state-of-the-art security and clearly defined governance.
Oracle has partnered with Computing research to bring you a dedicated series of research reports that reveal the primary cloud challenges, opportunities and changes faced by IT leaders – and illuminates the key strategies for ensuring cloud success within this landscape.
Over the coming weeks we will be releasing those exclusive reports here, including key highlights presented as easily digested infographics. Bookmark this page to ensure you – and your enterprise – have access to the latest cloud insight into high performance computing, database infrastructure, automation, integration, cyber security, chatbots and more.
Are we reaching a cloud tipping point?
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Single source of truth
What does a truly modern database look like?
The key to warehouse success in the cloud?
The key to secure cloud computing?
Now a must-have?
High Performance Computing: reaching a cloud tipping point?
High performance workloads need to be tightly bound: low latency, high bandwidth, with the application storage and compute all in the same place. The capital costs are considerable: setting up an HPC environment can come with a price tag north of $100m and - as hardware must be regularly refreshed – the initial outlay is far from the total cost. Unsurprisingly, enterprises using HPC typically run at very high utilisation rates: 90-95 per cent continual use.
Enterprises with large, specialist workloads face a dilemma: should they keep the familiarity and reliability of on-premise high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructures – and absorb the huge costs and management challenges? Or turn to the cloud to augment or replace those facilities? Computing surveyed 150 senior IT decision makers in organisations making use of HPC to find out.
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Top four challenges with on-premise HPC
The future of HPC is in the Cloud
Top four gains from Cloud HPC
This report details how UK enterprises are dividing workloads between on-premise and the cloud, and shows where they expect to be in a few years time along with their current cloud suppliers and why they were chosen.
10% avoidance of capital cost
43% business agility
23% stay the same
75% more cloud
1% less cloud
32% ongoing management costs
17% changing business needs
16% high utilisation rate
12% long job queues
Back to home
Is a single source of truth
now a must have?
Many organisations tune their database solutions in the same way you might train an athlete. Single purpose databases excel at their original purpose but fall short when asked to perform outside their main discipline.
However, we’re now seeing a move towards a modern data warehouse approach based on a converged database, with multiple data sources being run through the same platform as part of a multimodal approach. The ultimate aim is a single source of truth that offers end-to-end integration, from storage to data management and analytics.
Computing surveyed 150 decision makers involved in database strategy at their organisations to find out what a truly modern data warehouse looks like.
Top four database infrastructure challenges
Converged database adoption progress
Top four database automation use cases
This report reveals the real-world benefits UK organisations are seeing from a converged single source of truth approach to their database strategy, and explores the key role automation now plays in ensuring performance, reliability, security, and operational efficiency.
48% data recovery
25% rolling out
17% Incubating/ trialling
11% no plan, but interested
27% fully implemented
3% no plan, no interest
The role of automation and integration in cloud migration success
The migration of business operations from on-premises to the cloud has been a key part of organisations’ digitisation journey for the past few years. The Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend in both the private and the public sector to the extent that it is now a vital part of any data-driven organisation.
However, in order to ensure that businesses can make the most of the data at their disposal, it is important that data can be easily integrated with numerous environments and workloads – both on-prem and in the cloud.
Computing surveyed 150 senior cloud strategy decision makers to find out what challenges they are facing when it comes to integration and automation, and how effective their solutions have been.
Cloud migration progress
What’s being integrated with cloud-based workloads?
5 most popular cloud integration coping strategies
This report explores the progress organisations have made when it comes to cloud migration, the hurdles they face in terms of integrating cloud-based workloads with legacy systems, and the benefits of an Integration-Platform-as-a-Service.
Two years' time
65% On-premises database[s]
75% On-premises application[s]
45% Cloud database[s]
45% SaaS from other vendor[s]
32% SaaS from same vendor
43% Cloud application[s]
Strategy in use (%)
Benefit in overcoming challenges (scale 1-10)
Creating a proof-of-concept
Use of contractors
Why a shared responsibility model will help you own your cloud security flaws
Cloud computing offers benefits when it comes to cybersecurity compared with on-premises alternatives, with cloud service providers equipped with a wealth of resources at their disposal to dedicate to security. However, the responsibility for ensuring organisations’ data remains secure does not lie solely with the cloud service provider. Depending on the cloud service in question, responsibility for user access, data, and application layers may in fact lie with the customer.
The shared responsibilities model means that customers have responsibilities for ensuring cloud services are used securely, with obligations related to the configuration of access permissions, cloud governance, and the use of automated administration and security. And with an ever-growing number of organisations migrating to the cloud, ensuring they are clued up on their responsibilities is key.
Computing surveyed 150 decision-makers to understand if organisations doing enough to secure their cloud user access, data and applications.
To what extent is the desire for improved cyber security a driver for cloud migration?
Issues caused by shared responsibility failures
To what extent has your organisation adopted a Zero Trust cyber security strategy?
The following whitepaper sheds light on the extent to which organisations are practicing a shared responsibility model, the prevalence of Zero Trust cyber security strategies, and whether IT professionals have a thorough understanding of their obligations when it comes to shared responsibility.
Not a motivation
A key motivation
28% Failure to meet compliance requirements
37% Service downtime/loss of productivity
24% User identity silos/sprawl
24% Unauthorised access to cloud services
20% Spread of malware/ransomware
22% Unauthorised provisioning or deprovisioning of services
13% Unauthorised access to/theft of data
19% rolling out
13% fully implemented
21% Incubating/ trialling
19% no plan, but interested
1% no plan, no interest
Good listeners: Why conversational interfaces are now a must have
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and increased pressure to ramp up their digital offerings, organisations are seeking new ways to communicate with both customers and employees.
In this quest, some have turned to conversational interfaces in a range of business areas. Enabled by advances in cloud-based machine learning, neural networks and sentiment analysis, chatbots, voice assistant and other conversational interfaces have become a must-have tool for a growing number of organisations, and the barriers to entry are lower than ever.
Computing surveyed decision makers to find out how conversational interfaces are adding value to digital initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges this entails.
Most common conversational interface channels
How successful has the use of conversational interfaces been at your organisation?
How could your conversational interface strategy evolve over the next three years?
The following research uncovers how exactly organisations are using conversational interfaces in various areas of business, the benefits automation can bring about when used in communicating with customers, employers and employees and how businesses expect the technology will develop in the future.
72% Within a website
72% Business collaboration tools (eg. MS Teams, Slack)
44% Messaging apps (eg. WhatsApp)
48% Dedicated application
34% Voice assistant (e.g. Google assistant, Alexa)
Not at all successful
“We’ll be using it across all disciplines. We will also add data analytics to it.”
“We will have added to all outward facing retail sites for consumers within the next 12 months.”
“At the moment it is a minimum viable product but will ramp up over the next 12 months with added capacity and solutions.”
“I expect to see more emphasis on automation and conversational interfaces in CX and modestly increased interest in the more general product interface.”
“We are likely to see more, and more sophisticated, text based chat bots with a growing corpus of data and skills, but may also start developing more voice interfaces to make interactions more natural, fluid and conversational.”
Now a must have?