DDN Launches Infinia, Software-Defined Storage for Enterprise AI and Cloud

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HPC data storage stalwart DDN today announced a software-defined storage platform, Infinia, that the company said leverages two decades of engineering experience in file system, data orchestration and AI-based optimization to support the era of accelerated computing and generative AI.

Aimed at cloud platform and large HPC, hyperscale and data center environments,  Infinia combines multi-tenancy at scale, containerization and high performance. “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,” DDN said.

Infinia is initially available for Amazon S3 object storage environments, core features include:

  • Auto-configuring installation – DDN said the platform takes 10 minutes to deploy with downtime reduced via rolling upgrades and elastic expansion; storage allocation is handled by business policy; multi-tenanted self service
  • Data provisioning is simplified — the data engine creates new tenant in one command, according to DDN; sets capacity boundaries and performance shares
  • Multi-tenancy and QoS — software-based native SLA manager automates distributed keyspace securely designed for efficient resource sharing
  • DDN said Infinia offers scalable metadata management with scalable storage for data governance and control while working to reduce complexity and duplication of data and metadata; tracks model training, tag and search, end-to-end model and governance

DDN also launched an appliance for the Infinia platform, a 1U, all QLC-flash system with 12 hot-swap 2.5” U.2 NVMe drive bays and up to 4x 200G network ports. Infinia scales out by adding servers according to workload and performance demands.

DDN said it will also support a wide range of processors and hardware architectures for software-defined deployment in future releases.

DDN Infinia is also available for deployment on Google Cloud, with additional cloud support coming in the future.

The company said Infinia is designed to help enterprises manage 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.

“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.”