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Northern Data Group and VAST Data collaborate for AI cloud solutions

Mon 27 May 2024

Northern Data Group’s GenAI cloud platform, Taiga Cloud, and VAST Data, the AI data platform company, have announced a strategic partnership to deliver scalable generative artificial intelligence (AI) cloud services to Europe, powered entirely by 100% carbon-free energy.

Norther Data Group said as organisations increasingly prioritise sustainability in their AI deployments, the partnership between Taiga Cloud and VAST aims to this demand by providing access to high-speed, low-latency, and energy-efficient cloud solutions.

Taiga Cloud, a member of the NVIDIA Partner Network, offers access to a NVIDIA GPU network in Europe, with over 20,000 NVIDIA GPUs, including the latest H100 and A100 Tensor Core GPUs. Operating entirely on renewable energy sources, Taiga Cloud maintains a Power Usage Effectiveness ratio of less than 1.2.

By combining Taiga Cloud’s energy-efficient infrastructure with VAST’s Disaggregated Shared Everything (DASE) architecture and Similarity data reduction software, users can gain access to a cloud environment optimised for accelerated computing while adhering to sustainability objectives.

Founder and CEO at Northern Data Group, Aroosh Thillainathan, said A commitment to renewable energy is at the core of Northern Data Group’s mission.

“Our partnership with VAST Data underscores this commitment, enabling us to deliver scalable and sustainable solutions to our users, empowering them to innovate with confidence,” said Thillainathan.

Northern Data Group said key benefits for users utilising Taiga Cloud with the VAST Data Platform include:

  • Reduced Environmental Footprint with Sustainable Infrastructure: Through advanced liquid-cooling technologies, renewable energy sources, and VAST’s efficient data management capabilities, organisations can achieve aggressive sustainability goals without compromising performance.
  • Comprehensive Cloud Services Catalog: Taiga Cloud integrates the VAST Data Platform’s storage, database, global namespace, and compute engine capabilities, offering users access to advanced cloud data services.
  • Enhanced Performance with Enterprise Features: VAST’s high throughput and fast access speed, coupled with enterprise-grade features, ensure superior service levels for AI-driven applications requiring intensive computational workloads.
  • Secure and Compliant GPU Services: Taiga Cloud, powered by VAST’s scalable solutions, provides secure and compliant GPU services, catering to startups and smaller enterprises seeking high-performance computing infrastructure.

“With the VAST Data Platform, Taiga Cloud offers one of Europe’s leading GPU-accelerated clouds, equipped with robust services and support for generative AI deployments,” said Chris Morgan, Vice President of Solutions at VAST Data.

The collaboration between Northern Data Group and VAST Data underscores their shared commitment to providing sustainable, high-performance AI cloud solutions, empowering organizations to harness the full potential of AI while minimizing environmental impact.

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