Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that helps innovators build a better world with data, has announced its second AI-Ready Infrastructure offering, AIRI™ Mini, powered by NVIDIA. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIAⓇ DGX-1™ system. With AIRI Mini, organizations of all sizes and budgets can implement a simple, powerful solution to build competitive advantage through AI at a price point that’s accessible for virtually any organization in any industry.
AI represents an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to improve operations, deliver better customer experiences, and drive business performance through data-driven initiatives. According to a recent MIT Technology Review study, 82 percent of business and IT leaders believe AI is poised to have a positive impact on their industry. AIRI Mini offers a way for organizations to get started, and scales easily as their AI initiatives grow.
"The vast majority of business leaders understand the incredible opportunity presented by AI. Yet implementation complexities often hold their AI initiatives back from moving forward." said Matt Burr, GM of FlashBlade, Pure Storage. "While AIRI simplifies AI infrastructure for initiatives at any scale, AIRI Mini offers a powerful and affordable entry point for organizations to explore and scale as they grow into AI. AIRI Mini removes the final barriers for any organization to leverage AI, and scales as AI workloads grow."
Engineered as a fully-integrated software and hardware solution by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI Mini provides a simple, yet powerful, architecture that empowers organizations with the data-centric infrastructure needed to harness the true power of AI.
"Organizations require infrastructure purpose-built for AI, a system that’s easy to get started with and scales with their efforts," said Jim McHugh, Vice President and General Manager, NVIDIA. "Both FlashBlade and DGX-1 are designed to scale seamlessly into the future, enabling customers to grow quickly and build upon their AI success."
AIRI Mini is powered by one Pure Storage FlashBlade, the industry’s first storage platform architected for modern analytics and AI, configured with 7x 17TB blades, and two NVIDIA DGX-1 servers, delivering two petaFLOPS of deep learning performance. These systems are interconnected with 100GbE switches, supporting GPUDirect RDMA for maximum distributed training performance. AIRI also leverages the NVIDIA GPU Cloud deep learning software stack for maximum GPU performance, and the Pure Storage AIRI Scaling Toolkit, optimized for multi-node training with DGX-1 and FlashBlade. With this integrated stack, data scientists can jumpstart their AI initiatives in hours, not weeks or months.
Pure also announced that both AIRI and AIRI Mini are now available with Nexus9000 100Gb Ethernet switches from Cisco. Cisco and Pure's thousands of mutual customers can now take advantage of additional joint solutions as they embrace new initiatives around AI.
"There is a universally accepted demand for AI initiatives at scale, but the opportunities and requirements for AI stretch far beyond the Enterprise," said Patrick Moorhead, Founder, President and Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "Organizations of every size, at every stage in their life cycles, must leverage AI throughout the business to harness competitive advantage and differentiate from competition. AIRI Mini provides organizations without enterprise-level resources, an on-ramp to AI that’s simple, performant and ready to deliver value within days."
AIRI and AIRI Mini are the first converged infrastructure solutions purpose-built for AI, empowering data architects and scientists to deliver time-to-insight at scale. As organizations generate and store an increasingly vast amount of data, it is more important than ever that innovators drive value, insight and impact from their data to make their businesses smarter