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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference — Andy Lees’ Keynote

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments

I attended the keynote sessions again this morning at the Microsoft WWPC.  The highlight of the morning, for me, was Andy Lees, who talked extensively about the progress Microsoft had made in the server market.  He was quite clear about how he sees the high-performance computing (HPC) market, and the opportunity for Microsoft and its partners in this market.

Andy noted that the HPC market was growing faster than the x86 server market as a whole, and that Linux dominates unit sales in this market today; I’ve seen plenty of other research that confirms these facts.  The news to me was that, according to him, 40% of Linux servers sold today are sold in compute clusters – 40%!  With HPC representing 10% of the total server market (and growing), this is a significant part of the total growth of Linux in the server market.

Microsoft has not contested this market to date.  He estimated that Microsoft had no more than 6% of the HPC market today.  He declared that Microsoft would change that share dramatically with the new CCS offering.  He indicated that CCS provided a huge opportunity for partners, and we could not agree more.

Microsoft partners – listen to Andy!  HPC is a huge opportunity for Microsoft partners, and Digipede is ready to help you capitalize on that opportunity today.  Digipede is the only Microsoft Gold Certified Partner delivering a true grid computing solution built on .NET.  Tested and publicly demonstrated with Microsoft on CCS, the Digipede Network adds value to CCS in many customer scenarios.  When deploying .NET applications on CCS, Digipede is the natural choice.  When integrating CCS into a larger HPC grid environment on the Windows platform, Digipede is the natural choice.  For any Microsoft partners out there getting ready to take the new CCS into the market – call me.  Seriously.  We’ve done a lot of work on this, directly with customers and Microsoft sales teams, and we can help you:
 – Win new business against Linux competitors;
 – Shorten your sales cycle; and
 – Raise your margins.

What should you do?
 – Educate yourself about CCS.  (Microsoft Partners can get the RTM software here.)
 – Educate yourself about the Digipede Network.  Get the free Digipede Network Developer Edition here.
 – Become a Digipede partner.  Tell us how you want to go to market, and let’s make it happen.

Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Events · Partnering with Microsoft

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