Q1: Is this solution for on-prem or just cloud only?
Shiv Sikand: I’m glad you asked that question. [IC Manage Holodeck] is absolutely suitable for both on-prem and for cloud and we have customers using it in both flavors. You simply need to add NVME to your on-prem nodes and you can run hyper-converged and get massive acceleration on your on-premise as well.
The advantage of course — and why the cloud is particularly attractive right now — is that the cloud is already fully NVME capable. So, your standard big compute instances, for example C5Ds on Amazon, have from 2 to 8 NVMEs already on site. But yes, to answer your specific question it’s absolutely beautiful for scaling on-prem as well.
Q2: For your solution, do I need a license in that EC2 or a specific type of EC2 instance?
Shiv Sikand: We have a number of recommended instances based on your workload. Those go into autoscale groups, and you just run whatever instances you want, and you pay us some fixed amount based on those instances.
Dean Drako: And the reason we primarily are talking about cloud and cloud bursting here in this presentation is because we’re in the infrastructure alley and that’s the topic of the day. But the initial deployments that we did with Holodeck were on-premise for customers who wanted to accelerate their on-prem synthesis and simulation.
Q3: Does it work only on IC Manage controlled repositories or…?
Shiv Sikand: No, it doesn’t care about IC Manage’s repositories — it’s got nothing to do with IC Manage repositories.
It is totally agnostic as to where your files are, it works on any domain, anything that uses files which is every single computer system in the world.