I’m thrilled to share our new, exclusive partnership with Cray that will provide our customers unprecedented access to supercomputing capabilities in Azure to solve their toughest challenges in climate modeling, precision medicine, energy, manufacturing, and other scientific research.
This announcement is yet another step to help our customers harness the power of HPC and AI in an agile and cost-effective way. At Microsoft, we believe access to Big Computing capabilities in the cloud has the power to transform many businesses and will be at the forefront of breakthrough experimentation and innovation in the decades to come. We’ve already made significant investments to support this vision over the last several years, including industry-leading network performance with InfiniBand, our recent acquisition of Cycle Computing to simplify management of hybrid HPC deployments, and our recent announcements around bringing leading edge GPUs to the public cloud.
Microsoft and Cray are working together to bring customers the right combination of extreme performance, scalability, and elasticity. Customers can get a dedicated Cray XC or CS series supercomputers in Azure to run HPC and AI applications alongside their other cloud workloads directly on the Azure network. The Cray systems easily integrate with Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Data Lake storage, the Microsoft AI platform, and Azure Machine Learning services for rich workflows and collaboration. All of this provided in the cloud with the most datacenters worldwide, the most compliance certifications, and dedicated regions for government agencies and their partners.
Only this partnership with Microsoft and Cray allows customers to run a broad array of hybrid workflows in the cloud, and be fully supported by the experts in enterprise cloud and HPC.