HPE Acquires Cray for $1.3 Billion

The deal will bring their corporate customers high-performance computing as a service to help with analytics needed for artificial intelligence and machine learning, but also products supporting high-performance storage, compute, and software.

In addition to bringing HPC capabilities that can merge with and expand HPE’s current products, Cray will provide its customers in government and academia that might be interested in HPE’s current portfolio as well.

The HPC-as-a-service would be provided through the company’s public-, private-, hybrid-cloud service that is HPE GreenLake.

Tim Zimmerman, an analyst with Gartner said, “Such a service could address periodic enterprise requirements for fast computing that might otherwise be too expensive.”

He added that businesses could use the service to create digital twins of their entire networks and use them to test new code to see how it will impact the network before deploying it live.

Cray has HPC technology that HPE Labs might be discovering on its own, but that can be brought to market in a much faster timeframe.

The acquisition of cray give it technologies needed for immensely data-intensive workloads such as AI and ML that is used for engineering services, transaction-based trading by financial firms, pharmaceutical research and academic studies into weather and genomes.

As HPE puts said, “Cray supercomputing platforms have the ability to handle massive data sets, converged modelling, simulation, AI, and analytics workloads.”

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