Liqid Inc. Breaking the Motherboard-Chassis Paradigm

The cloud era has brought significant advances to data center architecture but it remains shackled by the motherboard-chassis paradigm which locks resource allocation to the point of purchase.

It is here that Liqid Inc. is making its mark, interconnecting disaggregated resource pools to a fabric, and freeing users from the restrictions of the motherboard-chassis configuration that remains one of the final physical limitations of the digital world.

Through innovations in low-latency fabrics and intelligent software, Liqid’s Composable platform addresses the painful and costly limitations associated with static architectures. It achieves this by interconnecting compute, network, data storage, and graphics processing devices with a PCI-Express (PCIe) fabric to deliver transformative results.

An Industry Veteran 

Sumit Puri is the CEO and one of Liqid’s Co-founders. He is a storage industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. Sumit has helped define technology roadmaps for key industry leaders, including SandForce, LSI and Toshiba.

He has a long history of bringing successful products to market for large organizations. Before Liqid, Sumit served as Senior Engineer at JTS and at Iomega, as Director of Advanced Development at Fujitsu, and was an Engineering Fellow at Toshiba. He has also served as the Senior Director, Strategic Marketing at SandForce.

Liqid was founded by Sumit and others to solve problems associated with high-value industries like AI, IoT, and edge computing that were still nascent at the time. The company took a creative approach, marked by its appreciation for past innovations while understanding that they were not sacrosanct.

This sensibility is built into the company’s ethos and drives how the entire Liqid team addresses and overcomes every challenge faced by the company.

Unique Products 

Liqid Composable is available directly from Liqid, or through resellers and OEM partners like Inspur Systems and One Stop Systems. Liqid has partnered with both these firms to offer rack-level, GPU accelerator appliances.

Liqid offers: 

Ÿ Liqid Grid with Liqid Command Center Full Stack: Delivers complete and dynamic control of system resources, enabling true hardware disaggregation and bare-metal server orchestration. It comes bundled with a full, industry-standard stack, including GPU, CPU, NVMe SSD, and networking resources for the complete integration of composability into a client’s infrastructure.

Ÿ Developer’s Kit: For customers looking to experience Composable infrastructure solutions from Liqid to immediately improve datacenter resource utilization with a turn-key solution. A complete developer’s kit is also available with compute, network, storage and graphics processing devices included with which users are able to develop applications using Liqid Grid and Command Center within a fully integrated, rack mountable enclosure.

Entering the Vertical 

Around four years ago, Liqid’s cofounders realized the industry was moving from a cloud-based model for addressing rapidly increasing data demand to one driven by artificial intelligence across traditional on-premises data center environments, the cloud, and the edge, incorporating previously unimagined amounts of Intenet of Things (IoT) sensor data from internet-connected devices.

The team recognized that a new approach to data center infrastructure was required to meet the demands of these highly data-intensive applications. This would allow IT users to scale and automate to meet the demands of advanced solutions such as hyperconverged systems.

Liqid was created to address these problems with infrastructure solutions, and Composable has become the industry’s most complete end-to-end adaptive solution to address them.

When the Tough Get Going 

According to Liqid, even today’s most advanced hyper-converged infrastructure solutions remain static, locked behind traditional motherboard architectures. They are unable to fully deliver resource flexibility because of this final physical restraint on the digital data pipeline.

Without the ability to effectively scale powerful hardware resources such as the GPU to meet the real time performance demands of next-gen applications, overprovisioned resources remain fixed at the point of interface, silo-ed and underutilized.

As a result, trillions of dollars in data center resources sit idle, consuming massive amounts of energy. Meanwhile the data center footprint expands as legacy vendors force 20th century infrastructure strategies to address the demands of the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven 21st century digital economy.

Liqid Composable breaks with final physical constraints associated with the motherboard paradigm, evolving past hyperconverged systems to deliver unprecedented adaptive, bare-metal resource orchestration for the Age of AI.

Future Roadmap 

Gartner predicts that 90 percent of all electronic products will contain IoT sensors for a total of 8.4 billion connected things by 2020, creating far more data than the internet of people ever could.

DevOps teams will increasingly use machine learning algorithms to automate data management and interpretation in edge computing facilities. Edge computing will become the new norm, morphing with cloud and on-prem environments to create an increasingly seamless, constant data flow that will radically transform how the material world is interpreted and engaged.

From these raw materials of the 21st Century economy, the world will transform and advance at an unprecedented pace and in unimagined directions.

Liqid’s advancements in Composable infrastructure eliminate the final physical constraints in our digital world, supercharging technological advancements already underway.

With Liqid Composable products and solutions now generally available to the IT community, and several key industry partnerships, the company is just getting started. It plans to drive further innovation, automation, and disruption in data center architecture, while laying the groundwork for discoveries yet to be imagined

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