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Pure Storage FlashStack for AI Checks Boxes for Rapid AI Deployment at Any Scale

Joint solution with Nvidia to simplify, automate, and scale AI infrastructure for rapid, foolproof deployment of AI solutions

Pure Storage Brian Ferrar
By Brian Ferrar, marketing director, FlashStack and FlashStack as-a-Service, Pure Storage



Pure Storage, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc. announced FlashStack for AI, a joint solution with Nvidia Corp. intended to simplify, automate, and scale AI infrastructure for rapid, foolproof deployment of AI solutions.

Pure Storage Flashstack For Ai Intro

FlashStack for AI is a software-defined, intelligently managed, full-stack infrastructure featuring automated real-time scalability.

With capacity on demand and integrated management across hybrid-cloud landscapes, it reduces the complexity associated with setting up an AI environment and simplifies expansion of your AI infrastructure as your needs grow. 

AI: New possibilities and new complexity
AI promises tochange the way we work and how organizations of all sizes execute their missions. Industries such as healthcare, finance, and manufacturing are already making AI an integral part of their operations. With the potential to generate valuable insights and attain new efficiencies, IT staffs have been tasked to deploy infrastructure designed to harness the unique power of AI. 

But building a full-stack AI infrastructure can be complex and time-consuming, requiring collaboration between IT architects, data center admins, data scientists, and DevOps professionals. New hardware requirements can be daunting to integrate and costly to deploy and manage. The large and diverse data sets required to train AI models can easily push the limits of traditional IT and storage architectures. Ensuring compatibility and seamless data exchange with existing IT systems and databases can be challenging. And AI often involves sensitive data, so security and regulatory compliance is crucial.  

Therefore, it’s not surprising many organizations are feeling the strain that new AI models place on their IT infrastructure. 

Meeting modern AI infrastructure requirements
Companies remain optimistic about gains in productivity and competitiveness that will come from successful AI projects. But to get there, they must first deploy a reliable, efficient AI-ready infrastructure.

FlashStack’s high-density, high-performance architecture, designed to power demanding applications such as SAP and Epic, as well as data-heavy, unstructured and object workloads, is suited to satisfy the need for efficient, risk-free AI deployments at any scale.  

FlashStack for AI ticks all the right boxes, giving AI administrators and data scientists more efficient AI platform that helps generate insights faster:  

  • Performance: It is crucial for AI workloads’ complex computations and large data sets. FlashStack for AI leverages Pure’s high-performance, low-latency, all-flash storage and up to 10:1 data compression to manage AI data quickly and efficiently. Cisco network and UCS compute, coupled with Nvidia GPUs, complete the stack and ensure AI models can be trained and executed quickly and efficiently.
  • Validated designs: FlashStack for AI uses Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) to provide detailed blueprints for foolproof deployment of AI platforms. CVDs can reduce deployment time by up to 60% and ensure installation is done correctly and reliably, reducing the risks often associated with running complex AI infrastructure.
  • Scalability: It is critical for AI solutions. The ability to selectively add more compute, storage, and networking resources as AI workloads grow is essential. FlashStack for AI is software-defined and discretely scalable, enabling organizations to expand their AI infrastructure as necessary without purchasing unneeded excess capacity, or worse, getting forced into forklift upgrades.
  • Energy savings: IT data centers consume vast amounts of energy, and new AI implementations only add to that climate strain. A recent survey found that 68% of companies said their internal targets for energy use are now under increased pressure because of how much power AI requires. FlashStack, however, was redesigned to be the most sustainable and energy-efficient infrastructure available. Users have found that FlashStack typically reduces their data center footprint and energy usage by 85%. 
  • Automation: Pure1 software and Cisco Intersight intelligent management solutions help automate both complex and mundane tasks associated with AI infrastructure. Intersight provides single-pane-of-glass observability of your entire infrastructure stack, and along with Pure1, automates provisioning of needed capacity for more demanding AI projects.  
  • Simplified hybrid cloud data management: Managing AI data across on premises and multiple clouds can be complex. FlashStack for AI makes it easier to move, back up, and access data across hybrid cloud environments. Included unlimited snapshots and rapid recovery mean protecting and restoring valuable AI data in the cloud is as simple as it is in the physical data center. 
  • Security: Speaking of data protection, FlashStack for AI can leverage Pure’s and Cisco’s ‘Defense in Depth’ cybersecurity strategy. FlashStack infrastructure supports a layered approach to security including Cisco’s Security Cloud and XDR cybersecurity solutions for protection from the data center core to the network edge, integrated backup and recovery solutions from best-of-breed DR partners, and Pure’s SafeMode immutable snapshots to ensure your AI data cannot be compromised.
  • Container management: AI deployments now often involve Kubernetes containerization. FlashStack for AI supports Portworx by Pure Storage, a container storage and data management platform. Portworx can be integrated into FlashStack infrastructure to easily manage AI containerized workloads.
  • Subscriptions: Needed capacity for AI can be unpredictable, which makes aligning AI infrastructure costs to usage particularly challenging. FlashStack for AI supports Evergreen//One subscriptions, allowing organizations to pay for AI storage on a recurring basis rather than making a large upfront capital investment. Evergreen//One supports rapid data growth, so AI users are never caught without needed storage capacity, but never pay for more than they need.

Portfolio of AI solutions for any scale
Data scientists and AI administrators can spend over 70% of their time on AI functional tasks such as data preparation, training, modeling, and tuning. The last thing they need to contend with is deploying and managing complex AI infrastructure. To help simplify the process, Pure offers a portfolio of AI solutions to meet a range of needs. From FlashStack for AI and AIRI//S full stacks, to bespoke FlashBlade and FlashArray deployments, it has AI solutions that cater to organizations of all sizes and AI maturity levels. Each of our AI platforms is designed to help you navigate new AI application stacks and data pipelines while avoiding silos of infrastructure and operations.

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