Cray and Microsoft Partner to Bring Cray Supercomputers to Azure

This week we announced an exciting new strategic alliance with Microsoft that will make Cray systems available in Microsoft Azure, giving users access to all the supercomputing power they need without the overhead of owning and maintaining a datacenter.

Cray in Azure will open up the power of supercomputing to a broad new cross-section of businesses and organizations with growing mission-critical, scalable applications needs. The dramatic growth in AI, machine and deep learning, and data analytics is driving the need for scalable simulation capability — and vice-versa — in a virtuous cycle where companies and organizations will vie for competitive advantage.

Our CEO, Pete Ungaro, stated it well: “Our partnership with Microsoft will introduce Cray supercomputers to a whole new class of customers that need the most advanced computing resources to expand their problem-solving capabilities, but want this new capability available to them in the cloud.”

We’re thrilled to be able to offer the performance and scale of an on-premise supercomputer in the Azure cloud. And with two of the computing industry’s biggest names powering your work, you can feel safe knowing we’ve got your back, leaving you free to innovate and accelerate your time to discovery.

Your data is important to us. In addition to the supercomputing power of Cray® XC™ and Cray® CS™ systems, we’ll be making our ClusterStor™ storage systems available in Azure so you can take advantage of the full range of Cray HPC solutions.

Jazon Zander, VP of Azure at Microsoft, looks to the future with this new alliance. “By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure,” he says, “we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud. More importantly, we’re moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health.”

This partnership brings together the leader in supercomputing and the leader in HPC public cloud. Together we will work with customers to create unique and powerful solutions that brings together the best of cloud and the best of capability computing for the most challenging problems, and push the boundaries and definitions of what cloud and supercomputing will mean.

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