An Insider's Look at Adaptive Computing's Cloud Management Solution
September 11, 2012
David Jackson had a vision including a primary focus on intelligent computer management software that would resource groups of computers to work together to solve a problem. Before long, more than 1,000 client sites around the globe relied on the company’s management technology innovations, which prioritized workload processes in a solution called Maui Scheduler.
By 2009, Jackson’s company had changed with the needs of customers who were increasingly turning to cloud computing and required a robust and reliable cloud management
solution, according to this video
. His company took on the name Adaptive Computing, and helping company’s computers adapt is exactly what the company is known for today.
But the company is also known for being assigned to as what might possibly be the biggest private cloud project the world over. With more than 10,000 data centers
and as many applications, Adaptive Computing is taking on a project that will secure more than 100,000 servers and bring a cloud management solution to many thousands of users.
Chad Harrington, Adaptive’s vice president of marketing, recently explained that big data isn’t just for the big companies anymore. Five or 10 years ago, he said, only the big companies worked in petabytes. Now, even small to medium-sized companies are capable of taking in a terabyte of data in a single day.
Needless to say, cloud management is something they all need to stay on top of the data that’s being stored in the cloud.
“It’s just getting a lot of attention and becoming more widespread,” he said of companies realizing that there is something to be gained by storing and having access to that data. “We bring order to that data by combining it with your compute capacity to make sure the right data is available at the right time and the right place.”
Harrington refers to the issue of the gems hiding in the massive amount of stored data as the “old needle in the haystack problem.” Companies need to do computations, but everything has to line up in the compute cluster correctly “so you can find that needle.”
According to Harrington, big data is expanding as more types and sizes of organizations are dealing with it. At the same time, more companies are taking advantage of Adaptive’s cloud products, such as its flagship Moab Cloud Suite, which offers an end-to-end platform of management services. The company also has a strong offering of HPC products, including three levels of Moab HPC suites, as well as an open source TORQUE resource manager.
Adaptive Computing recently made headlines when the company signed an agreement with In-Q-Tel (News - Alert) (IQT), a not-for-profit strategic investment firm, to develop a cloud computing operating system with its successful Moab suite. IQT’s Senior Vice President, Robert Clyde, said Adaptive’s expertise will help bring the cloud technology to more of its customers.
IDC (News - Alert) recognized Adaptive for its industry leadership with its inclusion as a Contender in the Worldwide Distributed Server/Workload Automation Software 2012 Vendor Analysis MarketScape report. The company is also expanding into support of the U.S. government. Adaptive reportedly entered into a technology development agreement with nonprofit strategic investment firm, In-Q-Tel, to lend support to the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Amidst all of the technological developments and changes happening today, one thing looks to remain certain: As the demand for cloud management continues to grow, companies like Adaptive are likely to reap the benefits.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo