WEKA Partners with NexGen Cloud to Tackle GPU Shortage for AI Systems
WEKA partnered with NexGen Cloud to address the rising demand for computing in AI systems, which demand powerful GPUs to process workloads.
WekaIO (WEKA) today announced a partnership with UK-based NexGen Cloud to address the rising demand for high-performance computing infrastructure, driven by the surge in AI workloads requiring powerful GPUs. Under this partnership, infrastructure-as-a-service provider NexGen Cloud is responsible for offering scalable and sustainable GPU cloud infrastructure.
WekaIO’s part in the partnership is to provide the WEKA Data Platform, a software infrastructure that boosts the performance and efficiency of NexGen Cloud’s compute services. This platform is designed to work with GPUs, offering fast data processing and freeing customers from dealing with the technical details.
The data platform facilitates the utilization of GPU resources, enabling data processing up to 20 times faster and allowing customers to focus on algorithm development rather than managing underlying data architecture.
In September 2023, NexGen announced plans to create a new $1 billion AI Supercloud to provide customers with affordable GPU built on hardware from NVIDIA to provide on-demand, compute-intensive solution for enterprises, research organizations and governments.
“When we started building our AI Supercloud solution, we looked at several data platforms and parallel filesystem solutions. The environment’s extreme scale and performance demands quickly removed other vendors from consideration,” said Chris Starkey, cofounder and CEO at NexGen Cloud.
“The WEKA Data Platform immediately stood out, not only for its exceptional performance and low latency but also for its ability to maximize the efficiency of our GPU cloud with a hardware-agnostic, innovative software solution. It enabled us to leverage existing hardware investments and power all of our cloud services as efficiently and sustainably as possible, which is core to our mission,” Starkey added.
Generative AI Fuels Demand for GPU Cloud Infrastructure
The growth in AI applications, mainly those reliant on generative AI, has led to an unprecedented demand for GPUs, essential for tasks such as AI model training and inference. However, acquiring the requisite GPUs has become increasingly challenging as demand outpaces supply, presenting a significant obstacle for organizations seeking to advance their AI initiatives.
Consequently, there is a pressing need for scalable data infrastructure services capable of accommodating these performance-intensive workloads.
Recognizing this demand, NexGen Cloud is scaling its resources to support the need for data infrastructure services capable of handling large-scale AI workloads. This move aligns with industry insights from S&P Global Market Intelligence, highlighting the rising cost and limited supply of GPUs as key drivers propelling enterprises to explore and adopt GPU cloud infrastructure for their AI projects.
“Full-stack as-a-service business models for generative AI will gain traction,” said John Abbott, principal research analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. “The ever-rising price of AI-enabled infrastructure is dampening enthusiasm for on-premises deployments, favoring the cloud.”
The partnership aims to address the growing demand for scalable and sustainable infrastructure to support AI initiatives.
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