Microsoft acquires startup Cycle Computing

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Cycle Computing, a cloud orchestration startup, and plans to integrate high performance computing (HPC) into Azure.

Cycle Computing specializes in running complex high-performance computing workloads across different public clouds. Founder and CEO Jason Stowe noted that his company’s products have been used to help customers fight cancer and other diseases, design faster rockets, build better hard drives, create better solar panels, and manage risk for people’s retirements. The company’s flagship product, CycleCloud, supports Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and internal infrastructure.

The acquisition is part of Microsoft’s strategy to make HPC and other Big Computing capabilities accessible to more companies by putting them in the cloud, letting companies run massive workloads at scale without the overhead. Microsoft says it wants to make Big Computing more readily available so that “compute power is no longer measured or limited by the square footage of your data center.”

"Their technology will further enhance our support of Linux HPC workloads and make it easier to extend on-premise workloads to the cloud," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander wrote.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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