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Innodisk Announce the First Industrial-Grade PCIe 4.0 SSDs Turbocharging 5G and AIoT

Innodisk | September 24, 2021

5G and AIoT need more speed and more capacity. And PCIe 4.0 delivers, doubling the speed of PCIe 3.0 and providing the much-needed performance boost to keep pace with innovation and industry trends. Not only speed and capacity, but tolerance of wide-range temperature is also crucial. Consumer-grade products aren't tough enough to withstand the high temperatures of outdoor and industrial settings, so Innodisk is introducing the first industrial-grade PCIe 4.0 SSDs built to handle those challenging conditions.

PCIe 4.0 increases the maximum capacity to 4TB, doubles the bandwidth, and raises the speed to 16 GT/s which is twice that of PCIe Gen3. Although third-generation PCIe offered only modest speed increases over the popular SATA III for storage applications, it did provide the much sought-after advantages of full forward and backward compatibility. PCIe 4.0 retains that coveted compatibility while also adding noticeable speed increases.

The recently announced industrial-grade PCIe Gen4x4 NVMe SSD series features 112-layer 3D TLC technology, offers temperature tolerance from -40 to 85℃, supports AES-256 encryption, and is compliant with TCG OPAL 2.0. This new series also utilizes NVMe technology that provides a necessary performance boost and other technological advancements encompassed in NVMe. One notable innovation is Namespace technology, which delivers better read and write efficiency and a longer SSD lifetime.

Being the No.1 global industrial-grade SSD provider, Innodisk is bringing its industrial prowess to the table and plans to implement Namespace technology for its future releases and once again upgrade its industrial-grade solutions. Industrial strength is important for outdoor use, which is increasingly common with higher density 5G infrastructure and critical for industrial use, where temperatures are high. Some specific applications include smart street lights, 5G mmWave, security inspection cameras, and 5G internet hosting.

PCIe 4.0 is a relatively new technology, system integrators, and industry experts are keeping their eye on future developments, providing plenty of room for early entry into this opportunity.

About Innodisk
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of flash memory, DRAM modules, and embedded peripheral products for industrial and enterprise applications.

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In order to prevail in today’s competitive Information Technology (IT) marketplace, it is essential for service providers to offer quality service assurance that matches the business needs of potential customers. In the marriage between service providers and their respective customers, the Service Level Agreement (SLA) functions as the ever-important vows, ensuring the delivery of reliable data centers and efficient, costreducing IT operations. In fact, service assurance through an SLA can often be an elusive commodity for companies migrating to an innovative cloud-computing environment. In today’s high-technology industry, service assurance has become more than just a luxury for corporations migrating to the cloud. It has become a primary differentiator when seeking support of critical applications and dependable data center operations. With increasing concerns over untimely service interruptions and the immobility of important workloads, companies have become reluctant to perform application operations in a virtualized environment, particularly without the backing of a solid, comprehensive SLA.

Spotlight

In order to prevail in today’s competitive Information Technology (IT) marketplace, it is essential for service providers to offer quality service assurance that matches the business needs of potential customers. In the marriage between service providers and their respective customers, the Service Level Agreement (SLA) functions as the ever-important vows, ensuring the delivery of reliable data centers and efficient, costreducing IT operations. In fact, service assurance through an SLA can often be an elusive commodity for companies migrating to an innovative cloud-computing environment. In today’s high-technology industry, service assurance has become more than just a luxury for corporations migrating to the cloud. It has become a primary differentiator when seeking support of critical applications and dependable data center operations. With increasing concerns over untimely service interruptions and the immobility of important workloads, companies have become reluctant to perform application operations in a virtualized environment, particularly without the backing of a solid, comprehensive SLA.

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CoreWeave Among First Cloud Providers to Offer NVIDIA HGX H100 Supercomputers Set to Transform AI Landscape

CoreWeave | November 07, 2022

CoreWeave, a specialized cloud provider built for large-scale GPU-accelerated workloads, today announced it is among the first to offer cloud instances with NVIDIA HGX H100 supercomputing. CoreWeave, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle are the first cloud providers included in the launch of this groundbreaking AI platform. CoreWeave was the first Elite Cloud Service Provider for Compute in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) and is also among the NPN’s Elite Cloud Service Providers for Visualization. “This validates what we’re building and where we’re heading,” said Michael Intrator, CoreWeave co-founder and CEO. “CoreWeave’s success will continue to be driven by our commitment to making GPU-accelerated compute available to startup and enterprise clients alike. Investing in the NVIDIA HGX H100 platform allows us to expand that commitment, and our pricing model makes us the ideal partner for any companies looking to run large-scale, GPU-accelerated AI workloads.” NVIDIA’s ecosystem and platform are the industry standard for AI. The NVIDIA HGX H100 platform allows a leap forward in the breadth and scope of AI work businesses can now tackle. The NVIDIA HGX H100 enables up to seven times better efficiency in high-performance computing (HPC) applications, up to nine times faster AI training on the largest models and up to 30 times faster AI inference than the NVIDIA HGX A100. That speed, combined with the lowest NVIDIA GPUDirect network latency in the market with the NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand platform, reduces the training time of AI models to “days or hours instead of months.” Such technology is critical now that AI has permeated every industry. “AI and HPC workloads require a powerful infrastructure that delivers cost-effective performance and scale to meet the needs of today’s most demanding workloads and applications. “CoreWeave’s new offering of instances featuring NVIDIA HGX H100 supercomputers will enable customers the flexibility and performance needed to power large-scale HPC applications.” Dave Salvator, director of product marketing at NVIDIA In the same way that drivers of fuel-efficient cars save money on gas, CoreWeave clients spend between 50% to 80% less on compute resources. The company’s performance-adjusted cost structure is two-fold. First, clients only pay for the HPC resources they use, and CoreWeave cloud instances are highly configurable. Second, CoreWeave’s Kubernetes-native infrastructure and networking architecture produce performance advantages, including industry-leading spin-up times and responsive auto-scaling capabilities that allow clients to use compute more efficiently. CoreWeave competitors charge for idle compute capacity to maintain access to GPUs and use legacy-networking products that degrade performance with scale. “CoreWeave’s infrastructure is purpose-built for large-scale GPU-accelerated workloads — we specialize in serving the most demanding AI and machine learning applications,” said Brian Venturo, CoreWeave co-founder and chief technology officer. “We empower our clients to create world-changing technology by delivering practical access to high-performance compute at scale, on top of the industry’s fastest and most flexible infrastructure.” CoreWeave leverages a range of open-source Kubernetes projects, integrates with best-in-class technologies such as Determined.AI and offers support for open-source AI models including Stable Diffusion, GPT-NeoX-20B and BLOOM as part of its mission to lead the world in AI and machine learning infrastructure. Founded in 2017, CoreWeave provides fast, flexible, and highly available GPU compute resources that are up to 35 times faster and 80% less expensive than large, generalized public clouds. An Elite Cloud Service Provider for Compute and Visualization in the NPN, CoreWeave offers cloud services for compute-intensive projects, including AI, machine learning, visual effects and rendering, batch processing and pixel streaming. CoreWeave’s infrastructure is purpose-built for burstable workloads, with the ability to scale up or down in seconds. About CoreWeave CoreWeave is a specialized cloud provider, delivering a massive scale of GPU compute resources on top of the industry’s fastest and most flexible infrastructure. CoreWeave builds cloud solutions for compute intensive use cases — digital assets, VFX and rendering, machine learning and AI, batch processing and pixel streaming — that are up to 35 times faster and 80% less expensive than the large, generalized public clouds.

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NTT Opens New Data Center in South Africa to Support Growing Digital Economy

NTT Ltd. | October 27, 2022

NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company, today announced the opening of its latest data center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg 1 Data Center is part of NTT’s expansion into the African continent with a capacity of 12MW covering 6,000m² of IT space once fully built out. The technical infrastructure is supported by N+1 uninterruptible power supply systems (UPS), N+1 generator backup, and highly redundant cooling systems. This will provide clients with dedicated sustainable infrastructure, operational control and the design flexibility required to support their high-performance needs. The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises, providing them with an opportunity to use NTT’s full ICT stack of services, including managed hybrid cloud, network management, collaboration, security, and application monitoring. Africa is experiencing a digital boom, with a population expected to double by 2050. Estimates show that 615 million users in sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, a 24% increase from 2020. This growth and reliance on technology is fueling digital transformation initiatives and demand for high-performing data center space. NTT is planning to accelerate its data center footprint in Johannesburg and other African cities to support this growth over the next several years. The new facility uses a closed-loop chilled water system with air-cooled chillers, meaning that the water running through the cooling systems isn’t evaporated. This reduces the threat of potential drought water restrictions and allows the data center to achieve low power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE). “We’re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data center footprint to South Africa. The country forms a significant part of NTT’s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa’s digital transformation. The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region, as our clients shape the country of tomorrow.” Florian Winkler, CEO, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd “Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we’re seeing across the continent. Companies providing new digital services need data center space with high power density, global connectivity, carrier neutrality, cloud network access, and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow,” added Michael Abendanon, Head of MEA, Global Data Centers EMEA, NTT Ltd. NTT is recognized as one of the leading data center businesses with recent openings in Madrid, Jakarta, Navi Mumbai, and Berlin, with further expansions planned in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince William County, Virginia and Cyberjaya. The data centers will align with NTT’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its data center operations by 2030 and the complete value chain by 2040. NTT is focused on ensuring its portfolio is powered by renewable energy by 2030 and that it applies energy efficiency measures where required. About NTT Ltd. As part of NTT DATA, a USD 30 billion IT services provider, NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company serving 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 100. We lay the foundation for organizations’ edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with our platform-delivered infrastructure services. We enable a connected future.

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Spectra Logic and iRODS Consortium Partner to Provide Glacier-Like Tier of Storage for Data-Driven Organizations

Spectra Logic | September 26, 2022

Spectra Logic, a global leader in data management and data storage solutions, today announced a collaboration with the iRODS Consortium to create a joint solution built upon Spectra Vail® software, Spectra BlackPearl® S3 storage and the iRODS data management platform. The combined solution enables customers to use industry-standard cloud interfaces for on-premises disk and on-premises glacier* storage with object tape, while unlocking multi-site/multi-cloud capabilities. The iRODS integration with BlackPearl S3 allows organizations to leverage the performance and cost benefits of on-premises glacier storage as disk or tape to access “cold” data and automate workflows, while the integration with Vail provides access to cloud services across multiple clouds. Spectra Vail software and BlackPearl S3 storage have been tested with the iRODS S3 storage resource plugin to fully support the Amazon® S3 abstraction that iRODS delivers. The new functionality is available as part of the iRODS 4.2.11 release. "Organizations that need an on-prem glacier tier will see many benefits with the interoperability between BlackPearl S3 and the iRODS data management platform. “Organizations will be able to take full advantage of on-prem storage and the public, private and hybrid cloud by leveraging the Vail and iRODS integration.” David Feller, Spectra Logic vice president of product management and solutions engineering "The combined Spectra Logic and iRODS solution will enable organizations that rely heavily on tape to archive petabytes of valuable digital data economically and efficiently in a glacier-like tier,” said Terrell Russell, executive director of the iRODS Consortium. “We look forward to a lasting collaboration with Spectra Logic that will help our mutual customers drive innovation and accelerate business results." About the iRODS Consortium The iRODS Consortium is a membership-based organization that guides development and support of iRODS as free open-source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization. The iRODS Consortium provides a production-ready iRODS distribution and iRODS professional integration services, training, and support. The consortium is administered by founding member RENCI, a research institute for applications of cyberinfrastructure located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. About Spectra Logic Spectra Logic develops a full range of Attack Hardened™ data management and data storage solutions for a multi-cloud world. Dedicated solely to data storage innovation for more than 40 years, Spectra Logic helps organizations modernize their IT infrastructures and protect and preserve their data with a broad portfolio of solutions that enable them to manage, migrate, store and preserve business data long-term, along with features to make them ransomware resilient, whether on-premises, in a single cloud, across multiple clouds, or in all locations at once.

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