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Pure Storage Announces New Converged Infrastructure Solutions to Accelerate Analytics


Pure Storage, provider of an all-flash storage platform, has introduced FlashStack with FlashBlade to accelerate data warehouses.

The company also announced that AIRI and AIRI Mini, AI-ready infrastructure solutions from Pure Storage and NVIDIA, are now available with Cisco Nexus ethernet switches.

According to Pure Storage, in time, more data will live in "hot" or "warm" tiers, where value can easily be extracted. With this shift, organizations must leverage the latest tools of extraction, and the storage models that allow these tools to work most effectively and efficiently.

However, today, not all data's value is easily accessible, and without fast, easy access, data becomes an organization's most expensive asset rather than its most valuable. As a result, Pure Storage contends, AI needs to reach more enterprises faster, and provide value immediately.
Pure Storage is working with Cisco to make this reality for customers with AIRI, a solution to simplify AI-at-scale, powered by the NVIDIA DGX-1.

AIRI is architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA to extend the power of NVIDIA DGX systems. Powered by FlashBlade storage and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers, AIRI aims to offer enterprises a simple, fast, and future-proof infrastructure. It is configured with four NVIDIA DGX-1 Systems, four petaFLOPS of deep learning performance, Pure FlashBlade 15x 17TB Blades, 1.5M NFS IOPS, and two 100Gb switches with RDMA.

AIRI Mini is powered by one Pure Storage FlashBlade, configured with 7x17TB blades, two NVIDIA DGX-1 servers, Cisco 100 GbE switches, supporting GPUDirect RDMA for maximum distributed training performance, and delivers two petaFLOPS of deep learning performance. All software comes included, so that data scientists can get started on their projects by simply turning the system on.

While some organizations are using Data Lakes or AI data pipelines, many organizations still deploy most of their mission critical work on a data warehouse. FlashStack powered by FlashBlade, purpose-built for Oracle Data Warehouse, is an integrated infrastructure solution validated by Cisco.

While AIRI is a “perfect fit” for organizations that need to deploy AI, there are many organizations just dipping their toes into single server solutions, according to Matt Burr, GM of FlashBlade, Pure Storage. Organizations that need an interim step between single-server and AIRI will benefit from FlashStack, he noted.

The new FlashStack, built on FlashBlade and engineered specifically to modernize the Oracle Data Warehouse, delivers more than 2x faster performance than the next-best system. Customers only pay for the amount of compute and blades needed for their project or initiative.
FlashStack for FlashBlade is ready for extension into modern analytics and AI when ready.

AIRI and AIRI Mini are available now through select reseller partners. FlashStack for FlashBlade is available now through all FlashStack certified reseller partners.

More information is available from the Pure Storage website for more information.


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