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Microsoft is purchasing Cycle Computing, a leader in cloud computing orchestration software that provides solutions for managing large workloads in the public cloud, as well as in hybrid and on-premises data centre infrastructures.

Cycle Computing makes it easier for customers to use High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud. In particular its orchestration software, called CloudCycle, is designed to deploy and manage virtual clusters and storage to enable HPC workloads, including machine learning and complex simulations.

The platform includes a workflow engine and load balancer that utilises cloud resources to enable computation at any scale, while using encryption to ensure data remains secure.

Cycle Computing’s tools, capabilities and experience will obviously offer significant opportunities in terms of supporting some of the largest supercomputing scenarios for Azure. However, according to Cycle Computing’s website it also works with both public and private clouds from other vendors, including both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that whilst it will continue to support AWS and GCP for existing Cycle Computing clients, releases of future Microsoft versions will be Azure-focused, before going on to state: “We are committed to providing customers with a seamless migration experience to Azure if and when they choose to migrate.”

Cycle Computing’s CEO Jason Stowe, is obviously delighted with the move, saying: “Now, we see amazing opportunities in joining forces with Microsoft. Its global cloud footprint and unique hybrid offering is built with enterprises in mind, and its Big Compute/HPC team has already delivered pivotal technologies such as InfiniBand and next generation GPUs.

“The Cycle team can’t wait to combine CycleCloud’s technology for managing Linux and Windows compute and data workloads, with Microsoft Azure’s Big Compute infrastructure roadmap and global market reach.”

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