HPC Profile: Guy D’Hauwers, Regional Director – Europe Broadening the Reach of Cloud-Based HPC

Posted: 2 Nov 2018

Advania Data Centers scored a major win this summer when Guy D’Hauwers joined the ranks of its HPC Sales Team as its European Regional Director. With over 30 years of experience in the IT, HPC, AI and telecommunications industries – 25 of which were spent with Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Guy has tremendous market knowledge and strong relationships throughout the cloud services sector. As a speaker of Flemish, Dutch, French, and English, as well as basic German, he also has the ability to expand ADC’s coverage and market reach across Europe and beyond.

Hailing from Belgium, the center of Europe, Guy first began his career as an electro-mechanical engineer. He then earned his MBA and moved on to Hewlett Packard, where he went on to hold a range of business development and director roles in the telecom, IT and cloud sectors over the course of several decades, both on the European and world-wide levels.

Upon joining ADC in July, one thing that immediately struck Guy was how far cloud-based HPC has come. “When I started working in the CAE field after completing my engineering degree, CAE was mainly run on expensive local workstations. HPC was an idea that seemed to be far off into the future or was run on extremely expensive supercomputers, so only a few could afford it,” says Guy. “Now that I’ve returned to the HPC and CAE field, it’s been interesting to see that many of the CAE software companies are still around — but so much more is possible without having to undergo the burden of heavy investments and maintaining complex HPC clusters on-site. The main difference today is that the cloud is very much real and has made HPC very accessible in ways it wasn’t before.”

The thing that most excites Guy as he looks ahead is the opportunity that HPC-as-a-Service provides. “To me it’s clear that the future lies in the HPCaaS model, where simulation and optimization engineers can focus entirely on their product innovation while service providers like ADC take care of the whole HPC environment,” notes Guy. “I also think that we will see more and more companies looking to adopt a hybrid approach to HPC and AI, where they can combine their existing on-premise investments with on-demand access to resources in the cloud. As one of the only companies that can truly provide this hybrid service, I feel that Advania Data Centers has a real competitive advantage.”

With such a wealth of experience, ADC is thrilled to welcome Guy to its team. To learn more about the expertise that our HPC experts like Guy can provide, visit our site today.