August 5, 2020
One of the strategic conundrums presented to many executives in the era of high-performance computing (HPC) and information technology is whether changing their businesses’ computational culture from “everything local” to “specialized global” is going to help their business improve their bottom line. There are many advantages to moving to cloud computing, with 5 of the most significant reasons enterprises are adopting to cloud computing discussed below.
Gain and maintain technological edge over the competition
The advent of cloud technology and high-performance computing allowed many small and medium-sized companies to effectively compete against the giants in their field. In the area of product development, agility has become key. More and more engineering departments are adopting the “in silica” development approach and are breaking the traditional “design-build-repeat” cycle. Without access to effective and reliable distributed computing offered by specialized HPC providers, running hundreds of finite element simulations on a complex structural analysis involving optimization and probabilistic analysis in a matter of days vs. months, like the one run by a leading medical device company, as shown below, would not have been possible.
Virtual Design of Experiments on the cloud
Access to help desk support and automatic software updates cut high costs
Scientific advances seem to be in a hurry these days. Improved algorithms and complex formulations are being developed at a faster pace, some fueled by the same cloud computing technology vastly available to the scientific community. Software used in both academia and various industries is updated within a 6-month cycle. Keeping up with those updates requires agility, highly skilled professionals, and a focused workforce. Outsourcing these skills to cloud computing companies allows product developers to focus on their job, develop high performance products, and not waste time and resources on help desk support, software updates, and troubleshooting.
A quick look at the JARVICE dashboard shows the latest application releases
Software flexibility and versatility
When it comes to a companies auxiliary services that are not their core competency, such as software maintenance and data storage, committing resources to these services can undermine their primary business objectives. Cloud service providers (CSPs) offer a plethora of resources and a diverse spectrum of software that allows engineers and scientists to use the software they are most familiar with and gradually transition to the new releases. This reduces stress on the engineering team and allows for increased flexibility in product development.
Developing products in today’s technologically advanced world requires local and distributed teams of professionals that work more like a single unit than a group of individual contributors. Team members can easily share information using a cloud-based platform without relying on individual computers. Viewing a model that is being worked on in a browser anywhere in the world enables distributed teams to collaborate efficiently and with minimal cost.
Quality control and loss prevention
One of the most devastating effects on an enterprise’s bottom line is declined product or service quality and inconsistent reporting/loss of data. A cloud computing provider ensures that your data is centralized and backed-up and not stored on office computers that are inevitably going to fail. These types of failures can set a development team back for months, sometimes resulting in an irrecoverable loss.
While there are many reasons companies should consider using cloud computing as a service, there is no doubt that without HPC providers, the advancements we’ve seen in computer modeling and simulations would not have occured.
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