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Pure Storage and Nvidia unveil AI-ready storage solution

Pure Storage has joined forces with chipmaker Nvidia to develop a data storage solution for enterprises looking to deploy AI at scale.

The system, called AI-Ready Infrastructure (Airi), is purpose built to enable data architects and scientists to accelerate data analytics.

Airi boasts a Pure Storage FlashBlade designed for AI and machine learning processing and four Nvidia DGX-1 supercomputers. It can, Pure Storage claims, deliver four petaflops of performance with Nvidia’s Tesla V100 GPUs.

“AI will provide highly personalized experiences for the consumer, while keeping online communities safer,” said Charles Giancarlo, CEO, Pure Storage. “AIRI will accelerate AI research, enabling innovators to more rapidly make advances to create a better world with data.”

The announcement comes as organisations are increasingly moving workloads into the cloud. As such, it pits Pure not just against rival on-premises storage providers, but also cloud service firms.

Jim McHugh, Nvidia’s deep learning chief, said the move would help companies looking to rapidly scale their AI infrastructure: “With AIRI, our customers get a validated approach that brings together industry-leading compute and high-performance storage with proven results.”