Taiga Cloud invests £285m in Europe’s largest Generative AI cloud
Wed 29 Nov 2023
Taiga Cloud, a Northern Data Group company, has announced a substantial £285.6 million (€330 million) investment in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to enhance Europe’s largest Generative AI cloud.
This investment will see the integration of 384 cabinets of HPE Cray XD supercomputers, equipped with approximately 8,200 NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs, into Taiga’s offerings.
This latest financial commitment follows a recent £346.2 million (€400 million) investment in over 10,000 NVIDIA H100 GPUs, consolidating Taiga’s position as the largest cluster owner of NVIDIA H100 and A100 Tensor Core GPUs in Europe.
Karl Havard, Managing Director of Taiga Cloud, said: “Taiga and HPE share similar beliefs and values, which are aligned to democratising access to cutting-edge sustainable Generative AI technology.”
Taiga will house these supercomputers in carbon-neutral facilities across Europe, emphasising sustainable computing to meet the increasing AI performance demands. The company’s Generative AI Cloud is said to be entirely powered by clean energy, boasting Power Usage Effectiveness ratios (PUEs) of less than 1.2.
Jay Puri, NVIDIA’s EVP for Worldwide Field Operations, said: “The increasing demand for generative AI cloud services in Europe is driven by innovation from organisations building and deploying AI-powered solutions. Taiga Cloud’s offering of NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs will help meet that demand, as it continues to expand its generative AI cloud offering.”
In total, Taiga will have access to over 18,000 NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs, at a total purchase price of approximately £631.8 million (€730 million). Taiga will provide access to over 24,500 NVIDIA H100, A100, and NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPUs. This large-scale solution will be deployed in early 2024.
In addition to the hardware upgrade, Taiga Cloud’s relationship with HPE has been strengthened through the Partner Ready Vantage Program, which will support Taiga in further enhancing customer success and business growth.
Suresh Babu, SVP and GM of HPC and AI GTM at HPE, said: “We are proud to partner with Taiga Cloud to provide an AI-native architecture, which includes supercomputing to scale training efficiently, to support Europe’s growing initiatives in Generative AI.”