Microsoft Acquires Cycle Computing

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old Connecticut-based company that focuses on helping enterprises orchestrate high-performance computing jobs, large data workloads and other “big computing” jobs in the cloud. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

While Microsoft plans to use the company’s expertise to improve its Azure service for these kind of high-end workloads, Cycle Computing’s flagship CycleCloud service always supported a wide range of cloud and on-premises platforms, including AWS and the Google Cloud Platform. Microsoft notes that the Cycle Computing tech will help it improve its support for Linux-based high-performance computing workloads.

Current Cycle Computing customers include the likes of Novartis, PacificLife, MetLife and other major manufacturing, insurance, biotech and media companies. Cycle Computing, which was bootstrapped and never raised a “real” funding round, says that its service will manage about a billion core-hours of compute this year and that it has grown 2.7x every 12 months.

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SOURCE: TechCrunch, Frederic Lardinois