AI specialist firm VAST Data receives NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD certification

VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI era, announced that VAST’s Data Platform is now a certified datastore for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD. This validation offers organisations with agile, scalable performance for the most challenging machine learning and deep learning workloads, like generative AI. The VAST Data Platform brings to market the first enterprise network attached storage (NAS) solution approved to support NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD.

Why is the NVIDIA certification a timely one?

NVIDIA customers can now enjoy the simplicity of the VAST data platform with virtually limitless levels of scale and performance via a system architecture that eliminates data tiers and infrastructure silos to make large scale AI simpler, faster and easier to manage.

“Using artificial intelligence, as Australia and New Zealand companies are now doing at breakneck speed, means feeding vast, constant, and often random troves of data through the network,” said Howard Fyffe, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, VAST Data.

“To date, that’s been prohibitively expensive, brutally time consuming and potentially a security and compliance issue depending on where the data is kept. The GPU Direct Storage feature designed in collaboration with NVIDIA addresses those three issues, and we’ve seen this with Canberra-based xAmplify, which is using an AI GPUaaS platform to give Government agencies sovereign, agile, scalable performance for machine learning workloads,” Fyffe said.

Howard Fyffe, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, VAST Data
Howard Fyffe, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, VAST Data

“This certification expands those capabilities and will help A/NZ firms harness AI while keeping control of the sovereignty and data security, rather than uploading it to an open AI chatbot.”

What is the market offering of VAST’s platform?

With VAST’s innovative platform, customers go beyond the definitions of classical high-performance computing (HPC) storage with an exabyte-scale data platform that provides enterprise-levels of systems and data management, featuring capabilities such as:

  • Encryption, authentication and external key management along with a data catalog to help customers manage their data and data security in real time.
  • VAST’s multi-tenant approach is ideal for GPU service providers by providing tenant domains for securing and isolating data as well as tenant-level QOS controls to provide performance fairness.
  • VAST systems save customers money by being designed for hyperscale QLC flash and by applying next-generation global data reduction algorithms, customers on average realise data reduction of nearly 3:1 across VAST’s fleet of deployments.
  • VAST systems better protect data by providing support for n-1 and 1-n replication topologies and up to 1 million ransomware-proof snapshots.
  • System expansions are always online, as are software upgrades.

This feature-rich platform delivers great value to clients, so much so that VAST has received a “100% willingness to recommend” by its clients, as reported by Gartner Peer Insights.

What does the partnership mean for the industry?

Renen Hallak, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VAST Data
Renen Hallak, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VAST Data

“VAST’s alliance and growing momentum with NVIDIA to help clients solve their AI challenges takes another big step forward today. As AI and HPC interest, adoption, and implementation has exploded over the last year, the need for accelerated infrastructure has never been more acute. The VAST data platform brings to market a turnkey AI data centre solution that is enabling the future of AI,” commented Renen Hallak, Co-Founder and CEO of VAST Data.

Commenting on the alliance, Charlie Boyle, Vice President of DGX systems at NVIDIA, said, “As enterprise AI and HPC adoption grows, organisations are seeking full-stack infrastructure that delivers performance and scale to turn their data into insight. Our collaboration with VAST Data enables customers to use the VAST Data Platform with their NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD environments to accelerate modern enterprise and cloud-based AI initiatives.”

“VAST and NVIDIA represent a formidable partnership in powering the next generation of AI and ML applications. Together they deliver converged solutions that flexibly offer the capacity and exabyte scale customers require while simplifying artificial intelligence infrastructure and data management to allow data scientists to turn information into insight quickly,” said Peter Rutten, Performance-Intensive Computing Solutions Global Research Lead at IDC.

The news regarding NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD is the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between VAST Data and NVIDIA that dates back to 2016, when the two companies began work on building disaggregated systems and delivering innovative AI solutions to customers.

This collaboration contributed to the invention of VAST’s disaggregated, shared-everything (DASE) architecture, which uniquely positioned VAST as a provider of parallel and resilient infrastructure that makes standard NAS protocols suitable for DGX-class computing.

Since its announcement, VAST’s DASE architecture has been described by IDC as “the storage architecture of the future.” The collaboration then deepened as VAST developed support for NVIDIA GPUDirect Storage and announced support for NVIDIA BlueField data processing units to enable clients to step into low-cost and modular flash infrastructure.