PROVO, UT - October 4, 2007 - Cluster Resources, Inc. announced today a milestone 500th Request for Quote (RFQ) has been posted on LinuxHPC.org. LinuxHPC.org's an online site that provides news, information, and a free multi-vendor cluster quoting service”joined forces with Cluster Resources in April 2005 to provide these services. Now, just a little more than two years later, they have logged their 500th cluster quote request.
"We're very pleased that so many organizations have taken advantage of this service," said Michael Jackson, President of Cluster Resources. "It can take organizations a significant amount of time for customers to locate and initiate quote requests with all the ideal vendors out there on their own. Many sites are also not aware of all the information they need to gather in order to get started with the purchase process. We try to help speed customer efforts to find and engage experienced HPC vendors, with the right information and right expectations."
LinuxHPC.org simplifies the purchase process, providing a central location where organizations can gather research and request quotes from multiple cluster hardware vendors simultaneously. Cluster Resources acts as an advocate during the process; once an organization submits information about its cluster needs (number of processors, amount of memory, network type, etc.), the request is verified and then submitted to participating vendors. At this time there are more than 30 vendors involved in the program, including tier 1 vendors such as IBM, HP and Dell, as well as smaller yet experienced HPC specialists. Organizations select their desired number of these participating vendors by name, by specialty or by geographic location and Cluster Resources ensures the request is sent out exactly as specified to vendors that match their request.
"I went to some cluster vendors' web sites and on most of them I couldn't get a straight quote," said James Clemens of the University of Arkansas. "Submitting my request through LinuxHPC.org saved me time because I didn't have to submit to 30 different vendors. Instead, I was able to submit one request to multiple vendors on one web site."
Cluster Resources leverages their industry experience garnered over the last ten years to provide this free service. The cluster quote service is valuable not only for organizations uncertain about the cluster purchasing process, but also for experienced sites that want to buy additional clusters or nodes quickly, or gain access to more options.
"Five hundred requests is an important milestone for us, and indicates that we have developed a substantial user base with a high degree of acceptance in the industry," said Ken Farmer, owner of LinuxHPC.org. "The cluster quote request program was only launched in 2005, and our user base has grown steadily over the last two years. 500 RFQs in just 28 months; more than 18 requests per month, it's gratifying to me and to the team at Cluster Resources to know our service has been so well received."
The program handles requests for quotes and information about systems ranging from 8 compute nodes to thousands of nodes. In the past two years LinuxHPC.org has helped organizations get competitive quotes for needs ranging from research grant requests (pre-funding), to discovery (long range plans), to sites ready to invest in a cluster immediately. To fill out the Cluster Quote Form, simply go to www.LinuxHPC.org and click on the link at the top of the page.
About Cluster Resources
Cluster Resources, Inc. is a leading provider of workload and resource management software and services for cluster, grid and utility-based computing environments. With more than a decade of industry experience, Cluster Resources delivers products and services that enable organizations to understand, control, and fully optimize their compute resources. The companyâ€™s flagship MoabÂ® software unifies the view and management of heterogeneous hardware and workload, provides exacting control over resources and the policies governing them, and delivers consistent 90-99% CPU utilization. http://www.clusterresources.com
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