Launched in June, bullx™ has just been named as the “Best HPC server product or technology’ in the world, by HPCwire, the leading journal focusing on the world of computer simulation and High-Performance Computing (HPC). The result of a vote taken among a panel of renowned experts from the world of HPC and the choice of correspondents from the world of industry, this honour has been further supported by the readers of HPCwire, who have also ranked bullx as one of the ‘Top 5 new products or technologies to watch in 2010’.
This dual award – which recognizes Bull’s skills in Extreme Computing and confirms its vitality* – is a moment of enormous pride for everyone in the Group. All the more so since bullx has been winning over a number of prestigious customers: most recently the Brazilian oil company Petrobras, world leader in off-shoring, who are planning to deploy the most powerful supercomputer in Latin America with Bull’s help.
Another gratifying sign: our outsourcing solutions are achieving a faster growth rate than the market as a whole. In a world that is constantly being turned upside-down, outsourcing definitely represents a system of IT governance capable of solving today’ challenges. Much more than just handing over systems to an external supplier, for us this approach is a real partnership that actively creates value for the customer, combining leading-edge resources with rapid return on investment: a surefire way of maintaining control over your information systems while ensuring that they are just as agile as they need to be. Our approach – which effectively combines flexibility, innovation and a spirit of openness with our technological skill-base – is perfectly illustrated in this issue of Bull Direct by major projects such as mon.services-public.fr, Parcours 3, our work for the regional council of Languedoc-Roussillon in France and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in the UK, with whom we recently celebrated the successful fruits of our highly innovative joint venture.
Finally this month, we have a major launch: mobull™, our new mobile solution for Data Centers and Extreme Computing. Designed to be up and running within less than eight weeks, cost-effective, with a low environmental impact, and free of all the usual constraints associated with traditional Data Centers, mobull is a revolutionary offering based on carefully thought-out design principles. To respond to exponential growth in the need for processing power and storage, the mobull container features a high-density cooling system to deliver between 20 and 40 times the power and storage capacity per m² than a traditional Data Center! The perfect solution for setting up a secure business recovery site extremely rapidly in the wake of a disaster; or for providing a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, right there on-site, to support an industrial, humanitarian, governmental or military operation. Given the current global environment, mobull has come at just the right time: I am sure that it will be a great success.
Thank you once again for the confidence you continue to show in Bull.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
* Last year, HPCwire named Bull as one of the top five companies to watch in 2009 (the only non-US company on the list).