NetApp | May 11, 2022
NetApp® , a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, today announced that NetApp EF600 all-flash NVMe storage combined with the BeeGFS parallel file system is now certified for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD™. The new certification simplifies artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to enable faster implementation of these use cases.
Since 2018, NetApp and NVIDIA have served hundreds of customers with a range of solutions, from building AI Centers of Excellence to solving massive-scale AI training challenges. The qualification of NetApp EF600 and BeeGFS file system for DGX SuperPOD is the latest addition to a complete set of AI solutions that have been developed by the companies.
“The NetApp and NVIDIA alliance has delivered industry-leading innovation for years, and this new qualification for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD builds on that momentum. As performance and data demands are exploding, NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, coupled with ONTAP AI platform and DGX Foundry AI service, ensures our customers get the best-in-class model training infrastructure, with the full support of AI industry leaders.”
Phil Brotherton, Vice President of Solutions and Alliances at NetApp
“Organizations modernizing their business with AI and HPC need performance, flexibility and choice as they architect their infrastructure,” said Charlie Boyle, Vice President of DGX systems at NVIDIA. “Our collaboration with NetApp enables customers building their own AI Centers of Excellence to now choose NetApp storage for their NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, as well as use the same leading platform available as hosted infrastructure through NVIDIA DGX Foundry.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with NetApp and NVIDIA to build an HPC/AI Center of Excellence with NVIDIA DGX systems so applied learning students can experience supercomputing and high-performance computing infrastructure,” said Tonya Witherspoon, Associate Vice President, Industry Engagement & Applied Learning at Wichita State University. “NetApp is a digital fabric anchor of the innovation campus, and we can’t wait to develop the next generation of talent in this exciting space.”
Broad Portfolio of AI Infrastructure Solutions
NetApp’s portfolio of NVIDIA-accelerated solutions includes ONTAP AI to eliminate guesswork for faster adoption by using a field-proven reference architecture as well as a preconfigured, integrated solution that is easy to procure and deploy in a turnkey manner.
Also included is NVIDIA DGX Foundry, which features NVIDIA Base Command software and NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription. This combination provides a world-class hosted infrastructure solution for businesses and their data scientists who need a premium AI development experience without the struggle of building it themselves.
With today’s announcement, organizations can also build their AI Centers of Excellence leveraging the power of DGX SuperPOD on premises in combination with NetApp storage.
NetApp, in collaboration with NVIDIA, also offers tailored solutions for a variety of industries, including financial services, medicine, manufacturing, retail, higher education and government, and has sponsored and facilitated ideation workshops for customers embarking on AI journeys to accelerate success while mitigating risk.
“The AI lifecycle focus has moved up the development stack and away from the infrastructure management, driving the need for converged solutions and services that make it easier for organizations to simplify their infrastructure investments for AI use cases deployments,” said Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI/Automation Research & Advisory at IDC. “DGX SuperPOD is the latest milestone in a prolific partnership between NetApp and NVIDIA to address this need, and NetApp is well positioned to help customers solve their data management challenges regardless of where it resides.”
NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.
Netskope | February 03, 2022
Netskope, the SASE leader, today announced a major global milestone in the continuing expansion of its NewEdge security private cloud, which is now powered by full-compute data centers in more than 50 regions worldwide.
Every data center is accessible to every customer without additional fees or surcharges, with all Netskope Security Cloud services available, including cloud firewall, secure web gateway, cloud access security broker, zero trust network access, and more. The milestone was achieved following another year of rapidly scaling out NewEdge across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific regions to provide the lowest latency and highest-performing infrastructure backed by unmatched, industry-leading Service Level Agreements.
Netskope will continue its aggressive expansion and commitment to world-class connectivity with additional data centers in Brazil, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia expected to come online in the first half of 2022. The NewEdge expansion supports Netskope's mission to deliver on security without the performance trade-offs.
Placing data-centric security as close to the user as possible—with fast on-ramps, efficient traffic processing and optimized access to the applications and content that matter most to enterprises—is a key requirement of a SASE-ready architecture and delivering world-class Security Service Edge (SSE) capabilities. Netskope's expanding global coverage also addresses unique enterprise business requirements and compliance objectives, such as having a data center in-region for content localization, or to ensure customer's traffic stays within intent-based zones—for example, to address General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements in the European Union.
"While some vendors claim large numbers of data centers, many of the dots on the map they call 'data centers' are just front doors to their network or locations they can emulate from far-away data centers. Either way, users suffer by incurring a 'latency tax' caused by backhauled traffic. Other vendors inflate their numbers by counting data centers that are off-limits or not accessible to every customer, or by counting one physical street address as multiple data centers for marketing purposes,With NewEdge, every one of our data centers is the real thing with full compute and all SSE services available. By strategically placing security traffic processing at the edge—now offered in more than 50 regions globally—NewEdge offers equal or better coverage than any other vendor, and delivers proven, SLA-backed leadership in performance that is critical to delivering on the SASE vision."
Jason Hofmann, VP of Platform Architecture and Services at Netskope
In addition to having the Netskope Client and the most flexible options to steer traffic to NewEdge—important for integrating with customer's existing investments like routers, proxies and firewalls—Netskope integrates with leading networking and SD-WAN vendors so customers can accelerate their security and network transformations through a best-of-breed and tightly-integrated SASE solution. For breakthrough performance, NewEdge also includes direct peering with the most commonly used web, cloud, and SaaS providers to maintain the highly connected nature of the Netskope infrastructure.
The launch of new and expanded data centers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Raising the bar on the SLAs that customers should demand from their cloud security vendor with Netskope's industry-leading and industry-first Latency SLAs for traffic processing, including addressing encrypted traffic.
The launch of Netskope Digital Experience Management, which provides network, infrastructure, help desk, and application administrators critical monitoring of all user traffic, with actionable insights into network and application performance.
The achievement of critical industry certifications, such as IRAP in Australia, to address the unique requirements of government customers in various regions.
Netskope is completely transparent with its support terms, including details of the Netskope SLAs, publicly available at www.netskope.com/support-terms. Netskope's Trust Portal provides status of Netskope data centers, services, and updates on incidents and maintenance.
Netskope, the SASE leader, safely and quickly connects users directly to the internet, any application, and their infrastructure from any device, on or off the network. With CASB, SWG, firewall, and ZTNA built natively in a single platform, the Netskope Security Cloud provides the most granular context, via patented technology, to enable conditional access and user awareness while enforcing zero trust principles across data protection and threat prevention everywhere. Unlike others who force tradeoffs between security and networking, Netskope's global security private cloud provides full compute capabilities at the edge.
Dell Technologies | May 04, 2022
Dell Technologies is enhancing software across its industry-leading1 storage portfolio, driving increased intelligence, automation, cyber resiliency and multi-cloud flexibility.
"Organizations all over the world look to Dell to help them move faster while turning their data into a competitive advantage," said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and co-chief operating officer, Dell Technologies. "We're delivering major software innovation across our portfolio to help customers make the most of their data and resources."
Introducing Dell storage software innovations
More than 500 software advancements across Dell PowerStore, PowerMax and PowerFlex deliver faster data insights, better multi-cloud data control and increased cyber resiliency at no cost to existing customers. These advancements are the latest examples of Dell storage software innovation following the introduction of Project Alpine, which will bring the enterprise capacity, performance and protection of Dell storage software to public clouds.
"IQVIA uses the power of data science to help customers accelerate clinical development and healthcare outcomes," said Ken Boyer, director of global storage, IQVIA. "Driving transformative outcomes requires an infrastructure partner just as focused on innovation. Dell Technologies storage delivers the automation, security, performance and scale we need as we reimagine life sciences."
Dell PowerStore, the fastest ramping new architecture in company history, will deliver up to a 50%2 mixed workload performance boost and up to 66%3 greater capacity. Customers can better plan business continuity strategies with software-only high availability metro replication configured in as few as five clicks. Additional software advancements make it possible for organizations to:
Better support and secure file workloads with file level retention, native file replication and support for third-party file monitoring and ransomware protection.
Take advantage of deeper VMware integrations including improved VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™ (vVols) latency and performance plus simplified disaster recovery with vVols replication, VM-level snapshots and fast clones.
Maximize performance of new hardware with end-to-end NVMe support and increased networking speeds.
Dell PowerMax, the world's most secure, mission-critical storage,4 will introduce cyber resiliency advancements including cyber vaults for traditional and mainframe deployments. CloudIQ ransomware capabilities help detect cyberattacks early to minimize exposure and speed recovery. PowerMax now offers up to 65 million secure snapshots to improve cyber recovery and increases efficiency with new 4:1 data reduction guarantee.5 Additional software-driven updates help organizations:
Increase productivity with automated storage operations such as multi-array smart provisioning, workload optimization, and health monitoring and remediation.
Quickly move data to public clouds with faster cloud snapshot shipping and recovery, built-in high availability to minimize downtime and easy restore of cloud-based object storage data.
Experience double the performance6 with up to 50% better response times7 in demanding application and mainframe environments on two new NVMe-based PowerMax models. Anytime Upgrade customers are eligible for non-disruptive upgrades.
Dell PowerFlex software-defined infrastructure will consolidate traditional and modern workloads with new file services that allow for unified block and file capabilities on a single platform. PowerFlex simplifies multi-cloud and DevOps with the broadest file and block8 support for all major Kubernetes and container orchestration platforms from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE and VMware. Additional updates allow customers to:
Realize greater TCO savings by consolidating traditional and containerized workloads using unified block and file storage services across bare metal and virtualized deployments.
Simplify PowerFlex deployment through NVMe-over-TCP connectivity with consistent standards-based storage networking.
Streamline operations with new unified compute, storage and system lifecycle management capabilities within PowerFlex Manager software.
"Organizations are increasingly seeking IT infrastructure that delivers a cloud-like experience wherever their data lives," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. "Dell has designed these sweeping software and hardware enhancements across its comprehensive, multi-cloud infrastructure portfolio to deliver that experience with greater automation, security and control."
"Our customers choose Dell Technologies storage because it is trusted and delivers meaningful innovation that helps organizations keep pace with the changing business and IT landscape," said Mike Heintzelman, vice president, Advanced Solutions, TD Synnex. "The significant software innovations introduced across the Dell storage portfolio will help organizations simplify IT operations, innovate securely and get more value from their data."
About Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.
Inspur Information | April 23, 2022
Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, released a new generation of Enterprise NVMe SSD based on an innovative NAND algorithm that extends flash memory lifespans by 40% and achieves 1.6 million IOPS per drive through PCIe 4.0 ultra-wide channel and ZNS (Zoned Namespace) storage.
This SSD technology was instrumental in Inspur's storage system being top ranked for storage performance in the SPC-1 benchmark test, and has enhanced Inspur’s core competitiveness for storage in terms of reliability, performance and system-level joint debugging and optimization.
Analysis shows that for every 1 point increase in the computing index, the digital economy and GDP will increase by 3.5% and 1.8% respectively. Data is growing at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 26%. Consequently, the total amount of data generated will substantially increase to 175 ZB by the year of 2025. The data generated per hour now is more than what was generated in a year two decades ago.
To handle this vast amount of data, Inspur has sought advances in underlying SSD technology to create a new generation of Enterprise NVMe SSD. This new SSD excels in reliability and performance, and can provide full-chain optimization from protocols to storage media.
Security and reliability are essential characteristics that organizations need in storage media. Data is the "lifeline" for an organization's key business. This new SSD employs an innovative NAND feature management algorithm, which, powered by AI technology, detects NAND parameters and submits them to the platform on which the parameters are modeled and optimized to obtain the optimum read voltage. This improves the reliability of SSDs, increasing MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) to 2.6 million hours.
Driven by the green initiatives, data centers are now striving to reduce their energy consumption to a PUE value of 1.3 or below and to improve data processing efficiency at the same time. This new SSD developed by Inspur can deliver ultimate performance while simultaneously reducing power consumption. The dynamic 8-level power consumption adjustment mechanism can improve power consumption watt-level adjustment on NAND media, improving energy efficiency by over 70% compared to previous generations. In addition, the widened channel between NAND and the controller brings random read performance of the new-generation PCIe 4.0 SSD to 1.5 million IOPS. What's more, the SSD can assist the storage system with optimization. The IO paths between the storage system and the SSD can be connected by optimizing the read/write ratio model for various scenarios, thereby boosting overall system performance by 30%. As a result, Inspur's storage topped the ranking list in storage performance in the SPC-1 benchmark test.
Inspur integrates cutting-edge SSD technologies including ZNS storage and key-value storage into public cloud scenarios to make SSDs more adaptable to solutions, which greatly enhances the public cloud user experience. The enterprise-level SSDs from Inspur have been widely deployed in financial, Internet, telecommunications, and other industries. According to the latest data from Gartner, Inspur has earned the fourth spot in shipments in the global storage market, becoming the fastest-growing manufacturer in the world.
With the emergence of new applications such as AI, big data and the metaverse, big data centers are seeing rapid growth. Inspur has already undertaken complete development of full-stack storage solution covering components, servers, hardware architecture, core software stack, and management software stack.
About Inspur Information
Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.