Feeling the Love for Flexibility
Several months ago I was perusing articles online and trying to learn about the latest technology becoming available. When you’re into technology, you’re always looking at what’s coming next. I ran across the latest in modularized offerings, Google’s Project Ara.
Project Ara is Google’s attempt to reinvent the cellphone and to make it more in line with the expectations of the mainstream. Basically, instead of a standard phone when you have little options in your ability to upgrade (as in the phone itself), the Project Ara phone contains components are interchangeable via little snap-in modules that snap-in and snap-out, attaching via electro-permanent magnets. It’s basically the ultimate in personal customizable hardware. Want a phone with a bigger battery, ok. Need a camera on the phone for a trip this week, great… snap it in. This is the type of thinking that wins awards, not to mention serious customer loyalty.
So, why don’t more companies offer these types of products where the customer decides what, or even how, to upgrade components based on their needs, wants, and heart’s desires?
At Cirrascale, we’ve been running with this mantra for years. As a premier provider of blade-based cloud computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and containerized data centers, we have always created solutions for our customers where taglines like “Blades without Boundaries” have REAL meaning.
Cirrascale leverages its patented Vertical Cooling Technology to provide the industry’s most energy-efficient standards-based platforms with the lowest possible total cost of ownership in the densest form factor. It also allows us to create some of the most compelling solutions for our customers. And trust me when I say, we get some doozies. But, honestly, those are what we live for. Because we know that customers choose us because they can’t get the type of flexibility we offer anywhere else.
A great example is our GB5400 Series Blade Servers. They contain up to eight GPUs that are connected via a specially designed PCIe switch riser allowing them to communicate peer-to-peer on a single PCIe root hub. For those of you in molecular dynamics, deep learning, machine learning, or seismic imaging this is a pretty big deal. However, it’s not just the neat technology that makes this so exciting. It’s the fact that it is so flexible. It can utilize a large variety of GPUs, accelerators, or coprocessors. It can be upgraded using standard COTS in the future to ensure that your technology refreshes don’t cost you an arm and a leg. It’s this type of modularity and flexibility that have made us a popular choice among bleeding-edge companies looking to have an advantage over their competition.
Recently, Ross Walker, an Associate Research Professor at the San Diego Supercomputing Center stated, “Cirrascale’s peer to peer technology allows us to unlock the true power of NVIDIA GPUs for scientific computation. This is the first platform of its kind and provides the unprecedented bandwidth needed to scale an individual molecular dynamics simulation with AMBER across all the GPUs within a node. This previously unattainable performance will have impact on many fields. Examples in the life sciences domain range from improved biocatalyst design, to new pharmaceutical leads, to the design of advanced biomaterials.”
Are you getting this type of flexibility with your data center solutions? The status quo just doesn’t cut it anymore, and we know that. Comment below and let me know what you think. If you are seriously interested in learning more about the flexible solutions we can offer you, contact us today and we can chat about what we can help your company with.