The proportion of end-user sites exploiting cloud computing to address parts of their high performance computing HPC workloads rose from 13.8% in 2011 to 23.5% in 2013, according to a worldwide study by IDC. Another interesting finding is the large proportion of sites that are applying Big Data technologies to their issues.
The steady growth in cloud computing for HPC means growing business opportunities for cloud hosting providers, with public and private cloud use about equally represented among the 2013 end-user sites.
Big Data analysis
The large proportion of end-user sites that are applying Big Data technologies is also an eye-opener for the web hosting industry. IDC states that 67% of the end-user sites in the 2013 study said they perform Big Data analysis on their HPC systems, with 30% of the available computing cycles devoted on average to Big Data analysis work. The research company forecasts that revenue for high performance data analysis (HPDA) servers will grow robustly during the 2012-2017 forecast period, increasing from $743.8 million in 2012 to nearly $1.4 billion in 2017.
The 2013 end-user study also confirmed earlier IDC supply-side findings that storage is the fastest-growing technology area at HPC sites. By 2017, IDC expects HPC storage revenue to increase to a record $6 billion.
The 2013 study included end-user sites representing 905 HPC systems, nearly double the 488 systems profiled in the previous version of the study.