DDN provides software-defined storage for enterprise AI and cloud

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

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 workflow moves from the edge to data centers and the cloud.

Enterprise AI challenges

Enterprises face several challenges in managing AI data: managing diverse data sources across multiple locations – on-premise, at the edge, and across multiple cloud environments – as well as different systems for diverse applications and shared access to data sources. Data is created at the edge and must move between the edge and the data center to be useful. The rising demand for distributed unstructured data requires metadata tagging to ensure it moves quickly, efficiently and securely.

To cope with rising electricity costs and lack of data center space, enterprises must optimize and fully utilize all resources, with storage operating as efficiently as possible. DDN Infinia removes hardware dependencies with built-in core features to meet the requirements for secure enterprise-wide AI data management.

“Data management has become complex and the market is crying out for a new paradigm that solves the challenges of explosive AI data growth in a fully secure, multi-tenant, energy-efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. James Coomer, SVP Products for DDN. “Enterprises need to capture varied data types collected by many sensors and sources across distributed locations and ensure that the resulting data is controllable, secure, and available for business and data processing needs. DDN Infinia is built to meet these needs.”

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Addressing new demands

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

Hyper Simplicity: Configure installation automatically – only 10 minutes to deploy; zero downtime through rolling upgrades and elastic expansion; hands-free storage allocation per company policy; self-service for multiple tenants.

Simple data provisioning: Dynamic data engine creates a new tenant with one command or one click; establishes capacity limits and performance shares; fully furnished within seconds.

Multi-Tenancy and QoS: A software-based native SLA manager securely automates distributed keyspace 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 a device that can maximize the benefits of the DDN Infinia software-defined storage platform. Utilizing a 1U, full 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 comply.

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

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

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