Flashblade for AI and Big Data
Powering one of the world’s most powerful AI supercomputers. Accelerating simulations of the world’s fastest racing cars. Enabling ultra-fast database restores for a SaaS leader. Then of course, there are trains, planes, cars, and rockets. It’s been a great introduction for FlashBlade.
FlashBlade is the industry’s first cloud-era flash purpose-built for modern analytics. The word “purpose-built” is key for two reasons. First, every other system for big data is retrofitted using decades-old software and hardware building blocks. Second, when a purpose-built system is engineered effectively, it can have revolutionary impact. For a world leading market intelligence and information services company in Europe, data is its lifeline. Prior to FlashBlade, the customer deployed 20 racks of disk, along with a physical building to host all the racks, power and cooling, and everything else that’s needed for the infrastructure. With a single 4U FlashBlade, they replaced all 20 racks without compromising on capacity and dramatically increasing performance, all within space of a microwave. Now, THAT is revolutionary.
However, customers pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, those building the fastest AI supercomputers and web-scale applications, want more from their data platform. They want faster, bigger, yet still simple. So we’re delighted to announce a new FlashBlade, one that can scale to 75 blades with a single IP and namespace.