HPC, Cloud, innovation, food and pinball – the TANGO launch event had it all.
Thursday 24 August saw the official unveiling of the TANGO HPC and Cloud infrastructure at the YourDC data centre, where a crowd of 50+ people gathered to celebrate and learn about the new technology.
eRSA CEO Mary Hobson began proceedings by introducing the format of the day and spoke about the hard work that made TANGO possible.
Dell EMC’s High-Performance Computing Leader, Andrew Underwood, was the first of the guest speakers. He spoke about how high-performance computing promotes growth, scientific discovery, and innovation among several different industries, allowing the processing of data that isn’t possible with desktop computers. Andrew explained that an HPC is essentially a large calculator capable of crunching huge amounts of data in a short space of time. His presentation also stated the value of investing in HPC technology; for every single dollar invested, $514 is generated in revenue. Andrew concluded his presentation by reinforcing how well-equipped TANGO is to meet increasing researcher demands, and spoke on behalf of Dell EMC in saying “We’re really excited to see the possibilities of TANGO for the SA economy and researchers.”
Following Andrew was Marcus Gunn, a Senior Systems Engineer with Dell EMC. Marcus conducted a live demonstration of VMWare’s hybrid Cloud management platform, vRealize. While showing how easily Cloud storage and backups can be automated to prevent data loss and manual error, he emphasised the importance of self-service and making using these technologies easy for consumers.
After the vRealize demonstration, VMWare Australia and New Zealand’s own Aaron Steppat, Senior Product Marketing Manager, discussed how digital transformation is an integral part of innovation. Using a number of prominent examples, Aaron explained that the most successful companies of the 21st century are those who best capture the manpower of their user-base. For example, ride-sharing company Uber is said to have the largest fleet of cars in the world, but physically own no cars – Uber’s users own the vehicles used. Facebook generates millions of content every day, but does not create its own – Facebook’s users do. Also, an increasing number of fast food chains are introducing user-driven “choose your own ingredients” options, which then automatically feeds into the franchise’s research and development, providing ready-made data to influence future menu decisions. Aaron concluded by highlighting the importance of TANGO and VMWare’s integrated architecture, allowing users to easily access their data across different Cloud platforms from wherever they are.
YourDC Scott Hicks finished the day’s formalities, before taking guests on a tour around the facilities, followed by a delicious lunch provided by Bree May, the winner of My Kitchen Rules 2014, and her team of caterers.
A few games of pinball were on the cards once everyone had tasted the gorgeously-decorated TANGO cupcakes – at one stage, almost the entire eRSA office were challenging the high scores, with limited success!
— eRSA (@eResearchSA) August 24, 2017
Upon the day’s conclusion, everyone walked away excited by the prospects of what can be achieved using TANGO HPC and Cloud, including a number of IT publications who covered the TANGO announcement.
View the full album of photos from the TANGO launch via the eRSA Facebook page.