Pure Storage Launches AI-Ready Infrastructure


AIRI-S provides pre-validated, simple, scalable infrastructure for all stages of the AI data pipeline

Pure Storage has announced AIRI-S, the next generation of its complete AI-ready infrastructure, developed by Pure Storage and Nvidia. AIRI-S provides enterprises with a simple, on-demand infrastructure that accelerates AI initiatives at any scale.

In collaboration with Nvidia Pure Storage launched AIRI in 2018, the first AI-ready infrastructure reference architecture purpose-built to enable organisations to achieve better utilisation and uptime and ultimately scale their AI and data science investments without complexity.

Today, Pure announced the next step in its collaboration with Nvidia with the release of AIRI-S, powered by FlashBlade-S, Nvidia DGX A100 systems and end-to-end networking based on Nvidia Quantum and Spectrum networking platforms. AIRI-S provides enterprises with a proven, simple, and scalable infrastructure for all stages of the AI data pipeline. The first solution to include Pure’s revolutionary new FlashBlade-S, AIRI-S delivers significant advancements in non-disruptive performance, density, power efficiency and scale, resulting in optimal alignment to the industry-leading AI training performance and parallelism gains that DGX systems deliver.

Charlie Boyle, Vice President, DGX systems, Nvidia, said “Enterprises are turning to AI to grow top-line results while enhancing customer experiences and reducing costs. These complex challenges require integrated, full-stack computing optimised for AI, and AIRI-S built on Nvidia DGX systems provides customers with modular, high-performance enterprise infrastructure that scales easily as these demands continue to grow.”

Since its launch, AIRI has supported hundreds of AI workloads across customers ranging from startups to national security departments to multinational technology conglomerates and every type of data-driven industry.

Critical benefits of AIRI-S include:

  • Ease of Use: AIRI-S can be set up, deployed and managed quickly and seamlessly as an end-to-end AI pipeline solution. Not only does AIRI-S ensure that infrastructure teams are not overwhelmed by growing AI requirements, but also that data teams remain productive and spend more time delivering insights and less on worrying about their infrastructure.
  • Performance at Any Scale: AIRI-S is optimised out-of-the-box to deliver multi-dimensional performance for all stages of the AI data pipeline, and can seamlessly scale storage and AI compute capabilities, allowing organisations to start their AI journeys at any scale and grow as needed.
  • Agile AI Platform: As the AI data science landscape and customer requirements evolve, enterprises can now adapt their AI infrastructure to accelerate time to competitive advantage with faster responses to fluctuating market dynamics.
  • Sustainable, Efficient AI Infrastructure: AIRI-S is the first to include Pure Storage’s revolutionary new FlashBlade-S, which enables more robust, high-performance AI infrastructure in the same footprint by delivering high density, reduced power consumption, and unmatched data centre efficiency.

Additionally, leveraging Evergreen Forever (formerly Evergreen Gold) and Evergreen One (formerly Pure as-a-Service), customers can take advantage of both always-modern infrastructure subscriptions and true, consumption-based storage subscriptions to efficiently manage their investments as they grow their AI infrastructure.

“Traditional approaches to AI infrastructure often result in silos of servers and storage that are either over-spent on capacity or starve AI workloads. With a focus on simplicity and scalability, AIRI-S enables global enterprises to achieve better time to insights and make the most out of their data with AI. We’re incredibly excited to expand on our collaboration with Nvidia to deliver the next-generation of AI-ready infrastructure,” said Amy Fowler, Vice President, Strategy and Solutions, FlashBlade, Pure Storage.

Support for Nvidia Magnum IO GPUDirect Storage is planned in future updates. The innovative architecture of FlashBlade-S includes powerful and modular hardware, making it easier to bring further innovation to the AIRI-S platform as its AI requirements evolve.