Converged and hyperconverged architectures have offered IT departments simplicity of deployment at a cost: in order to scale in these environments, a new converged rack must be deployed. Require NVMe flash, but don’t need the CPU or networking? Too bad. What was once an efficient solution for addressing the huge data demand associated with cloud-connected devices has created its own version of sprawl, with siloed resources sitting idle and systems shifting out of balance.
One of the most compelling benefits of composable infrastructure is its ability to take better advantage of the most data-intensive applications on existing hardware while preparing for future, disaggregated growth.
A key factor that enables Liqid composable infrastructure to increase resource utilization is its ability to deliver software-defined disaggregation. Liqid Command Center software pools compute, storage, and networking, GPU, FPGA, and storage memory accelerators that can also be provisioned as needed. Physical resources are collected by device type in individual trays (just a bunch of GPU/flash storage/etc, i.e. JBOG, JBOF, etc) and deployed through software to meet the demands of each individual application.
For example, if you are running a machine learning algorithm from the hours of 9:00-6:00 that requires six GPUs to run in tandem with other quantities of NVMe, CPU, and networking, a server can be defined through software to meet those needs, with additional pooled resources being used to address other workloads. Once those machine learning tasks are completed for the day, the resources can be redirected in the desired quantities to address other tasks. A software defined management layer is used to discover, assign, and manage the pools of disaggregated data center devices, ensuring that the right resources are in the right place at the right time.
Because Liqid’s Command Center software is vendor- and application-agnostic, the provider of any given data center device is irrelevant. GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD, for example, can be pooled and deployed in tandem, providing for greater resource utilization. In addition, device life cycles can be extended and IT users can grow their infrastructure as required, rather than in a fashion dictated by arbitrary sales cycles.
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