DDN serves up software-defined storage for enterprise AI and cloud

Nov. 13, 2023
The new Infinia platform combines multi-tenancy, containerization, speed, management and security attributes.

DDN, an AI and multi-cloud data management solutions provider, has unveiled its DDN Infinia software-defined storage platform to address accelerated computing and generative AI opportunities.

The architecture accelerates and simplifies workflows for the data management demands of today and tomorrow, from generative AI and large language models (LLM) to versatile and complex movements of workflows from the edge to data centers and the cloud.

Enterprise AI challenges

Enterprises face various challenges with managing AI data: managing diverse data sources at multiple sites – on-premises, at the edge, and in multiple cloud environments – as well as different systems for varying applications and shared access to data sources. Data is created at the edge and must be moved between the edge and the data center to be actionable. The rising demand for distributed unstructured data requires metadata tagging to ensure it moves swiftly, efficiently and securely.

To deal with increasing electricity costs and a lack of data center real estate, enterprises must optimize and fully utilize all resources with storage operating as efficiently. DDN Infinia removes hardware dependencies with built-in core features to answer the requirements for secure enterprise-wide AI data management.

"Data management has become complex, and the market has been clamoring for a new paradigm which solves the challenges of explosive AI data growth in a fully secure, multi-tenant, power efficient and cost-effective way," said Dr. James Coomer, SVP of Products for DDN. "Enterprises need to aggregate varied data types collected by many sensors and sources over distributed locations and ensure that the resulting data is governable, secure and available for business and data processing needs. DDN Infinia was built up to deliver to these needs."

Addressing new demands

DDN Infinia, available for Amazon S3 object storage environments, can meet new data management requirements with a new high-performance software-defined platform. DDN Infinia's core features include:

Hyper Simplicity: Auto-configuring installation - only 10 minutes to deploy; zero downtime via rolling upgrades and elastic expansion; hands-free storage allocation by business policy; multi-tenanted self-service.

Simple Data Provisioning: Dynamic data engine creates new tenant in one command or one click; sets capacity boundaries and performance shares; fully provisioned within seconds.

Multi-Tenancy and QoS: A software-based native SLA manager automates distributed keyspace securely for maximum resource sharing and highest efficiency.

Governance and Control: Combines fast and scalable metadata management with scalable storage; reduces complexity and duplication of data and metadata; tracks model training, tag and search, end-to-end model and governance.

Focus on scale

The vendor will also offer an appliance that can maximize the benefits of the DDN Infinia software-defined storage platform. Leveraging a 1U, all QLC-flash system with 12 hot-swap 2.5" U.2 NVMe drive bays and up to 4x 200G network ports, DDN Infinia scales out by adding servers to meet workload and performance demands.

DDN Infinia will support a wide range of processors and hardware architectures for completely software-defined deployment in future releases.

DDN Infinia is also available for deployment on Google Cloud, with additional cloud support coming.

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