DDN announced DDN Infinia, the next-generation software-defined storage platform which leverages two decades of DDN engineering in file system, data orchestration and AI-based optimization, all coming together to usher in the era of accelerated computing and generative AI.
DDN Infinia combines multi-tenancy at scale, containerization and the highest levels of speed and efficiency customers have come to expect from DDN systems, with ease of management and powerful security attributes. The novel architecture accelerates and simplifies workflows for the data management demands of today and tomorrow, from generative AI and large language models (LLM) to versatile and complex movements of workflows from the edge to data centers and the cloud.
Burgeoning AI Data Challenges
Enterprises face managing diverse data sources at multiple sites – on-premises, at the edge and in multiple cloud environments – as well as different systems for varying applications and shared access to data sources. Data is created at the edge and must be moved between the edge and the data center to be actionable. The rising demand for distributed unstructured data requires metadata tagging to ensure it moves swiftly, efficiently and securely.
Additional challenges, including increasing electricity costs and a lack of data center real estate, mean enterprises must optimize and fully utilize all resources with storage operating as efficiently as possible. DDN Infinia removes hardware dependencies with built-in core features to answer the requirements for secure enterprise-wide AI data management.
“Data management has become terribly complex, and the market has been clamoring for a new paradigm which solves the challenges of explosive AI data growth in a fully secure, multi-tenant, power efficient and cost-effective way,” said Dr. James Coomer, SVP of Products, DDN. “Enterprises need to aggregate varied data types collected by many sensors and sources over distributed locations and ensure that the resulting data is governable, secure and available for business and data processing needs. DDN Infinia was built from the ground up to deliver to these needs.”
DDN Infinia Leapfrog Architecture Designed for New Demands
DDN Infinia fulfills data management requirements with a new software-defined platform that delivers high performance and is simple to deploy and scale. DDN Infinia is initially available for Amazon S3 object storage environments, and its core features include:
- Hyper Simplicity: Auto-configuring installation – only 10 minutes to deploy; zero downtime via rolling upgrades and elastic expansion; hands-free storage allocation by the business policy; multi-tenanted self-service
- Simple Data Provisioning: Dynamic data engine creates new tenant in one command or one click; sets capacity boundaries and performance shares; fully provisioned within seconds.
- Multi-Tenancy and QoS: 100% software-based native SLA manager; automates distributed keyspace securely for maximum resource sharing and highest efficiency.
- Governance and Control: Combines fast and scalable metadata management with scalable storage; reduces complexity and duplication of data and metadata; tracks model training, tag and search, end-to-end model and governance.
Energy Efficient, High-Density Appliance
DDN is also launching an appliance designed to maximize the benefits of the DDN Infinia software-defined storage platform. The appliance leverages a 1U, all QLC-flash system with 12 hot-swap 2.5” U.2 NVMe drive bays and up to 4x 200G network ports. DDN Infinia scales out by adding servers to meet workload and performance demands.
DDN Infinia is also available for deployment on Google Cloud, with additional cloud support coming in the future.