Companies are racing to keep pace with technology advancements, ranging from artificial intelligence to virtualization. Updating their hardware will be essential.
“The static datacenter is dead,” said Sumit Puri (pictured), founder and chief executive officer of Liqid Inc. “The future is all about, number one, disaggregating your hardware into individual pools of resources, individual pools of compute, storage, GPU, networking. We recompose these servers into any shape or form that we need.”
Puri spoke with theCUBE industry analysts John Furrier and Savannah Peterson at SC23, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed Liqid’s new partnerships with Dell Technologies Inc. and Nvidia Corp. and the future of hardware. (* Disclosure below.)
The power of composability
Liqid uses composability to connect pools of storage and resources, particularly GPUs, into a data fabric that allows them to tailor a company’s software needs to its existing hardware. Their partnerships with Dell focus on increasing servers’ utilization.
The first partnership is a 16-way GPU server that can connect 16 of Nvidia’s new L40S, which are optimized for running AI, to one Dell server.
“We expect that to be the highest performance, most dense GPU solution on the market today,” said Puri, who highlights the importance of utilization in lowering costs. “Utilization and TCO have a one-to-one correlation.”
Another development comes from Computer Express Link, a fabric technology that can now perform memory disaggregation, allowing Liqid to compose the needed memory for a given task.
“The power of disaggregation and fabric technology … ties it all together,” Puri said.
Liqid’s partnership with Dell and Amulet Hotkey Ltd. is especially critical for companies interested in AI, according to Puri.
“We’re taking our composable technology and we’re augmenting Dell’s blade servers with GPUs,” he said.
With this partnership, Liqid can enable companies that have invested in blade servers to incorporate new technologies, such as AI or virtualization.
“Regardless of the GPU workload, we are enabling these servers to do more.”
Advancements in AI cannot be confined to the cloud, according to Puri, who sees hardware advancements, such as optical interconnects, as essential to AI’s future.
“If people are serious about AI, more than likely they’re going to do it on-prem,” he said. “It’s all about the data.”
Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of SC23:
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for SC23. Neither Dell Technologies Inc., the main sponsor of theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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