More about the tactics: commoditized HPC coming from an MCSE/Best Buy near you

Microsoft is pushing its resellers to enter this market.


From here

“Partner readiness will be a key focus for Microsoft Canada,” Whittman said. We will be encouraging all Gold Certified Microsoft partners in the Advanced Infrastructure and Networking Infrastructure competencies to participate in an upcoming High Performance Computing “Airlift” to take place at Microsoft Canada’s Mississauga headquarters in early September. The focus of this training will include a deep dive into the product, the market opportunity, and sales support resources to drive adoption.

Uh huh. Remember those paper MCSEs? Clusters are far more complex to get right than a basic PC network. Diagnosing and solving performance problems on tightly coupled machines is non-trivial. This is going to be … interesting.

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