Pure Storage and Cisco have joined forces for a converged FlashStack system suitable for AI applications. The system is the equivalent of what an entry-level model of the AIRI Mini could be.
FlashStack is a line of converged systems that combine all-flash arrays from Pure Storage with Ciscos UCS servers and Nexus switches.
AIRI is a Pure Storage and Nvidia solution that combines FlashBlade storage (all-flash array with 15 blades) with two Arista 100 Gbit switches and four Nvidia DGX-1 servers (each with eight Tesla V100 bodies). The maximum output is 4 petaflops.
The more recent AIRI Mini offers a maximum output of 2 petaflops, has a smaller FlashBlade array (7 blades), two DGX-1 servers and two Cisco Nexus 100 Gbit switches.
The new FlashStack for AI product from Pure Storage and Cisco can be regarded as a more slimmed-down version of the AIRI Mini, but with a Cisco server instead of a Nvidia DGX-1. More specifically the Cisco UCS C480ML M5 (picture). Just like the DGX-1, it has eight Tesla V100 carts on board, for a maximum output of 1 petaflops.
The C480ML M5 is managed via Ciscos cloud-based Intersight platform. Pure Storage has developed APIs for its storage, allowing it to integrate with Intersight. This allows for automatic storage provisioning as well as management of Pure Storage functionality via Intersight’s orchestration capabilities.
The new FlashStack system will be presented at Cisco Live in Barcelona at the end of this month, where Techzine will also be present.our launch article.