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At Rescale, we are excited to work with government agencies in the area of high-performance computing applications. In recent years, the government has shifted its approach to IT infrastructure management in favor of cloud computing, indicating that a number of concerns about the cloud are no longer seen as issues.

According to the U.S. Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, the U.S. government instituted the Cloud First policy to accelerate the pace of cloud adoption, resulting in a projected spending of $118M on public cloud offerings in 2014. The Cloud First policy mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.

Cloud deployments mitigate costs by sharing services and infrastructure, which, in turn, means that the government must also address the stringent compliance and security requirements (FISMA, FIPS and FedRAMP mandates) to avoid compromising national security. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for government cloud products and services.

Cloud adoption is also helping government agencies improve operational flexibility. The U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Education, among others have been early cloud adopters, setting the trend and direction for others to follow. The USDA, for example, launched a broad initiative to upgrade and streamline the 21 separate e-mail systems it contracted from various providers. The USDA decided to aggregate demand in a single cloud provider and retire its related internal assets. Doing so effectively transformed the USDA email assets to email service, which vastly improved agility and scalability.

One of the latest examples of security-conscious cloud transformation is the CIA contracting with Amazon to provide a new cloud computing solution. Clearly, the government is satisfied that security concerns can be effectively managed in cloud installations, and that the efficiency and agility of cloud-based resources serve the government’s purposes well.

With respect to security, at Rescale we maintain the highest levels of security practices and are certified by multiple security certification programs. We understand that proprietary IP and mission-critical data must remain within full control of their owners. For this reason, we employ the same encryption technology used in banking for all of our data transmission, and encrypt data once more for storage in the cloud. You can learn more about Rescale’s security here. We look forward to a future where cloud computing is widely adopted by enterprises and governments alike.

To learn more about Rescale, please visit, www.rescale.com. To begin using Rescale for engineering and science simulations, please contact info@rescale.com.

This article was written by Rescale.

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Check out Rescale’s new pricing page here

At Rescale, we work hard to provide the most cost-efficient solutions for your simulation needs.  Working together with our customers, we developed new pricing tiers that allow us to pass along significant cost savings for specific types of simulation workloads. We are excited to announce that these new pricing tiers are now available.

Low Priority

The new Low Priority tier allows users to run and queue jobs that are cost sensitive but not as urgent as other simulations.  Then, when we are able to access short-term, lower-cost infrastructure capacity, we pass along these savings to you. Low Priority prices are 50% off the standard hourly rates.

Compute configuration On Demand price ($/core/hour) Low Priority price ($/core/hour)
Low Memory $0.1 $0.05
Standard $0.15 $0.07
HPC $0.2 $0.1
High Memory $0.25 $0.13
High Memory HPC $0.3 $0.15

A stoplight system will indicate the availability of running your simulation at a low priority based on your specific job and cluster configuration:

  • Green – Capacity available, job will likely run soon
  • Yellow – Capacity currently unavailable, likely to become available within a week; job will queue until green
  • Red – Capacity currently unavailable, unlikely to become available within a week; job will queue until green

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Note that we cannot provide any predictability on when a job might start running. However, when a job is queued, we always provide users the option to run it immediately at our On Demand prices with a single click. If you are interested in activating Low Priority pricing for your account, please contact info@rescale.com for additional information.

Prepaid

As you scale up your Rescale usage, there may be a base level of capacity that is highly predictable and stable.  The Prepaid option allows users to receive a significant discount off the On Demand price.  Since we provide this capacity for you longer term, we do require the full payment up front. 3-year Prepaid prices are as follows (1-year is also available):

Compute configuration On Demand price ($/core/hour) Prepaid price ($/core/hour)
Low Memory $0.1 $0.05
Standard $0.15 $0.07
HPC $0.2 $0.07
High Memory $0.25 $0.08
High Memory HPC $0.3 $0.09

If you are interested in 3-year (or 1-year) Prepaid pricing, please contact info@rescale.com for additional information. We invite you to login or create a Rescale account and run more cost-efficient simulation workloads with our new pricing tiers.

This article was written by Joris Poort.