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VMblog Expert Interviews: Univa Discusses Navops Launch 2.0 and Integrated Support for Slurm

 

Univa recently announced Navops Launch 2.0, an updated version of its popular cloud-automation platform that also includes integrated support for the widely-used Slurm workload scheduler. To find out more, VMblog spoke with Gary Tyreman, president and CEO of Univa

VMblog: Tell us about Navops Launch and what's new in this release.

Gary Tyreman: Navops Launch provides a simple, cost-effective path for migrating HPC workloads to the cloud. As more enterprises embrace hybrid cloud for HPC workloads, they will invariably face challenges related to cloud spend management and efficiency. We have developed Navops Launch to help users significantly reduce and manage their cloud costs. Beyond simplifying migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the cloud, version 2.0 uses real-time cloud, application and workload-related metrics to rightsize cloud resources and automate hybrid cloud operations. This ultimately can reduce spend by 30-40 percent.

VMblog: That could be a large cost savings. How does Navops Launch 2.0 help a user track and control the cloud-spend?

Tyreman: Navops Launch 2.0 enables users to see cloud usage in real-time, so a user can track cloud spending, usage and resource consumption efficiency for multiple cost-centers, projects, departments, users, applications and cloud resource types from one user interface. The real-time tracking is for administrators and allows them to easily automate actions based on a wide variety of real-time metrics related to applications, workload, and resources. Finally, the safeguard for users is that Navops Launch allows users to track usage against budgets and automate the process to stay within hard budget restrictions.

VMblog: In addition to all of those features, Navops Launch is now supporting Slurm. What does that support look like?

Tyreman: We've now integrated Slurm, a pluggable HPC scheduling tool, into Navops Launch, making it both multi-cloud and multi-scheduler. On the flip-side, Slurm users are now able to have access to the benefits of cloud-automation and easily migrate workloads to the cloud and control spending to take advantage of all of the Navops Launch capabilities, something that has not historically been as straightforward as it has with Grid Engine.

VMblog: What was the big draw for integrating with Slurm, specifically?

Tyreman: With 45% of active cloud users running Slurm, we saw the integration as a natural extension of the support we wanted to offer our users, given Navops Launch can run large-scale HPC workloads. Also,  Slurm users that run into cloud migration problems have access to the same cost-saving insights that Univa Grid Engine users do.

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Published Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:54 AM by David Marshall
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