Microsoft and Novell team up over HPC

Microsoft was once regarded as the arch-enemy by devotees of the Linux open source operating system. Now, for many companies, Windows and Linux are becoming unlikely – but successful – bedfellows.

Microsoft and Novell have said that more and more universities, government bodies and businesses in the finance, healthcare and technology sectors are taking advantage of a new dual-platform approach to get their hands on the massive number-crunching power of High-Performance Computing (HPC).

Thirty-three organizations, including Deutsche Bank, Honeywell International, Japan Petroleum Exploration, Texas Instruments, Tianjin Dawning Information Industry and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are now using HPC systems designed by the two companies' joint Interoperability Lab, and based on Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows HPC Server.

South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, the continent’s largest publicly-funded HPC facility, is the latest organisation to adopt the cross-platform approach.

"The technical collaboration between Microsoft and Novell has enabled us to reduce overall costs while increasing cross-platform manageability," said CHPC director Dr Happy Sithole. "This means we're able to deliver more consistent quality of service to our customers at the best price possible.”

Cross-platform HPC solutions allow businesses to streamline their infrastructure and reduce IT costs, while maintaining the power to quickly and accurately process massive amounts of data. And having the ability to switch dynamically between Windows and Linux allows IT managers to balance server workload.

For more on the joint Interoperability Lab, click here.