A Near-Sweep for AWS in High-Performance Computing Survey

High-performance computing (HPC) users ranked Amazon Web Services (AWS) the No. 1 cloud computing platform in every category but one.

Hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research recently conducted a survey of HPC end users and found, as it did in previous reports, that "cloud computing has a clear top three, with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud dominating the ratings."

Most dominant of all, however, was AWS. End users named AWS the top vendor in:

  • Product awareness
  • Current usage
  • Technical impression
  • Operational impression
  • Overall
  • Future outlook for HPC
  • Likeliness to use in two years
  • Vendor product loyalty, based on ratings
  • Projected adoption by non-current customers, based on ratings

The only category not led by AWS is that of "projected market share gain, based on ratings." End users rated Microsoft Azure as the top platform in that category.

"AWS nearly sweeps the categories at the top of user ratings," noted Intersect360 CEO Addison Snell said in a prepared statement. "Google Cloud is right next to AWS in loyalty, and Microsoft Azure is showing the highest-rated growth possibilities. Alibaba Cloud scores well among a local group but has little awareness or usage outside that."

Besides cloud, other sections for each of the above categories were processors, servers and storage, across which were top-rated offerings including NVIDIA GPUs, Dell EMC, HPE, DDN and many others, with no particular dominance exhibited as in the cloud category.

"The study results make clear that Intel Xeon CPUs are still dominant in the HPC processor market, but also that AMD EPYC CPUs are highly thought of and are gaining in both mindshare and market share," Intersect360 said. "NVIDIA GPUs top the ratings in technical evaluation. The combination poised to gain the most, according to the user ratings, is AMD, with EPYC CPUs plus Radeon GPUs."

The full for-pay report is available at Intersect360's Web site.

About the Author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.


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