"Our OpenFlex composable platform is purpose-built for disaggregated deployment in the world's most data-intensive environments that require agile, optimized storage performance for diverse and unpredictable workflows", stated Scott Hamilton, Senior Director of Product Management in Western Digital's Data Center Business Unit. "Liqid's Command Center software leverages Western Digital's Open Composable API to orchestrate OpenFlex platform resources enabling faster NVMe-oF deployments and further expanding the scope of composable resources. With OpenFlex and Liqid, IT users can create more precisely balanced, disaggregated systems that can scale to meet evolving business requirements."
OpenFlex E3000 and F3100 Series from Western Digital allows storage to be disaggregated from compute, enabling applications to share a common pool of NVMe storage capacity. Data can easily be shared between applications, or needed capacity can be allocated to an application regardless of physical location combining multiple, modular OpenFlex storage fabric devices in a single rack or across multiple enclosures.
OpenFlex E3000 and F3100 series devices feature:
Liqid's Command Center 2.2 composable software is fully integrated with Western Digital's Open Composability API to enable manageability and automation of the full appliance enclosure, including data volume management, sensor monitoring, power usage, fan speeds, and other critical activities. Compose for resources inside the appliance, and connect multiple OpenFlex-based racks together with Liqid software, sharing connected devices across the data center, and creating multiple petabytes of dynamic, pooled and managed OpenFlex-driven storage.
"By coupling Liqid's award-winning, multi-fabric software with the powerful OpenFlex platform from Western Digital, we deliver fully composable NVMe-oF, with a disaggregated system built from the ground up for adaptive performance associated with artificial intelligence and other data-intensive applications", stated Marius Tudor, vice president, Sales & Marketing, Liqid. "In addition, Liqid Command Center 2.2 enables IT users to connect the OpenFlex platform with additional disaggregated hardware such as FPGA, NVMe, and Intel Optane memory technology, for applications that can benefit from GPU-oF performance to deliver industry-leading, dynamic, highly scalable data centre environments."
Liqid Command Center delivers unified multi-fabric support for composability across all major fabric types including PCIe Gen 3, PCIe Gen 4, Ethernet, Infiniband, and lays the foundation for the upcoming Gen-Z and CXL specifications. Liqids upcoming release of its Command Center 2.2 software will enable IT users to dynamically compose servers from pools of CPU, GPU, FPGA, NVMe, Intel Optane memory technology, and networking, regardless of underlying fabric type.