Univa®, a leading innovator in enterprise-grade workload management and optimization solutions, today announced the newest release of its popular Navops Launch cloud-automation platform. Navops Launch 2.0 delivers new capabilities to help simplify the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud, enabling enterprises to transition HPC workloads to the cloud while reducing costs by 30-40 percent. With features for rightsizing cloud resources and automating hybrid cloud operations, using real-time cloud, application and workload-related metrics, with composable automation applets, Navops Launch 2.0 gives enterprise users full control over cloud-spend.
“The ease with which cloud services can be consumed can cause costs to quickly get out of control, posing a major business challenge for HPC cloud users,” said Krishnan Subramanian, founder and Chief Research Advisor, Rishidot Research. “It’s not uncommon for users to over-provision compute instances and storage or start cloud services and forget them. Tiered pricing schemes, bandwidth-related costs, and fluid rate structures that can vary by region, make costs in the cloud difficult to manage while products like Navops Launch can help control these costs.”
Focusing on Cost Control to Enable Enterprises to Gain Control of Their Cloud-spend
Navops Launch was initially developed to focus on automated resource provisioning and application-aware cloud bursting. Navops Launch 2.0 extends these capabilities to include cost control and budgeted cloud-spend association, and powerful new features for workload and resource automation via composable automation applets.
New capabilities in Navops Launch 2.0 include:
- An enhanced WebUI that tracks cloud spending, usage, and resource consumption efficiency for multiple cost-centers, projects, departments, users, applications, and cloud resource types
- Improved automation features enabling administrators to easily automate actions based on a wide variety of real-time metrics related to applications, workload, and resources
- The ability to track usage against budgets and utilize automation to stay within hard budget restrictions
“Navops Launch has experienced excellent market momentum since we introduced it to the market,” said Gary Tyreman, president and CEO, Univa. “Enterprises are rapidly embracing hybrid cloud for HPC workloads, and as they do, they invariably face challenges related to cloud-spend management and efficiency, problem areas where Univa has focused our newest release to help users significantly reduce their costs.”
Proven Ability to Scale in the Most Complex Production Environments
In February of 2019, Western Digital® and Amazon Web Services announced the use of Navops Launch to deploy a million-core Univa Grid Engine cluster in the cloud reducing the runtime for a large-scale production multiphysics simulation from 20 days to eight hoursi.
Unlike tools that provision cloud resources based on simple static policies or cloud queues, Navops Launch is application, resource and budget-aware, and can adjust workload and resource deployments on-the-fly considering planned spending by project and department, on-premise capacity, actual resource consumption, and data access patterns.
Navops Launch: A Simple, Cost-efficient Path to the Cloud for HPC Workloads
Navops Launch can project monthly cloud billings and visually highlight cost savings opportunities. The automation engine provides users with tools to automate proactive cost-saving measures such as selecting the most cost-efficient instance types by application or detecting and shutting down unused services based on configurable policies. With these tools, organizations can boost efficiency, and track efficiency gains and savings month over month.
Navops Launch is production-proven at many of Univa’s enterprise hybrid cloud customers. Additionally, Navops Launch offers users the ability to deploy and manage hybrid and dedicated HPC clusters for thousands of applications, including AI, machine learning, life sciences, manufacturing, and transportation. Since its initial launch in 2018, the product has been named a winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year Category in the prestigious 2018 Best in Biz Awards and is the recipient of a 2019 Silver Stevie® award winner in the cloud infrastructure category by the American Business Awards®.
About Univa Corporation
Univa is the leading innovator of workload management solutions that optimize throughput and performance of applications, containers, and services. Univa manages workloads automatically by maximizing shared resources and enabling enterprises to scale compute resources across on-premise, hybrid and cloud infrastructures. Univa’s solutions help hundreds of companies to manage thousands of applications and run billions of tasks every day to obtain actionable insights and achieve faster time-to-results. Univa is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Canada and Germany.
i Western Digital Navops Launch – https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/western-digital-uses-univa-hpc-cloud-solutions-on-amazon-web-services-to-build-million-core-cluster-improving-business-competitive-advantage-2019-02-25