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Liqid Intros Unified Multi-Fabric Support for Composable Infrastructure

April 30, 2019

Liqid introduced unified multi-fabric support for composability across all major fabric types, including PCIe Gen 3, PCIe Gen 4, Ethernet, Infiniband, while laying the foundation for the upcoming Gen-Z specifications. Liqid’s upcoming release of its Command Center 2.2 software will enable IT users to dynamically compose servers from pools of CPU, GPU, FPGA, NVMe, and NICs, regardless of underlying fabric type. This milestone makes Liqid Command Center Software the most complete and adaptive solution in the marketplace. Command Center 2.2 extends the company’s capabilities to compose infrastructure across multiple fabric types while laying the foundation for future architectures, positioning Liqid for unrivaled industry leadership.

“Providing Ethernet and Infiniband composability in addition to PCIe is a natural extension of our leadership in fabric management and aligns with our mission to facilitate true data center disaggregation,” said Sumit Puri, CEO and Co-founder, Liqid. “We are pleased to be able to offer our customers an increasingly flexible approach to composability by enabling Liqid Command Center with the simultaneous management of multiple fabric types. This is an important achievement towards delivering an industry-leading unified solution for multi-fabric composable infrastructure.”

Liqid Command Center Software is purpose-built to enable dynamic, bare-metal composability utilizing pools off-the-shelf hardware connected across intelligently-managed fabrics. With the ability to compose across PCIe, Ethernet, and Infiniband, Liqid is dramatically increasing the utilization, flexibility, and ease of use of valuable data center resources. IT administrators can realize the benefits of on-demand, adaptive infrastructure composed simultaneously across multiple fabric types. Resources such as NVMe storage, GPUs, and FPGAs can be deployed across the data center as needed, via multiple fabrics, and monitored through a single pane-of-glass GUI or through comprehensive REST API.

Additionally, Liqid is a member of the Gen-Z consortium and is actively enabling support for the new protocol in future releases of Liqid Command Center Software. In this way, Liqid is “future-proofing” fabric management for users who seek the performance and utilization efficiencies promised by composable infrastructure deployed with Gen-Z.

“Evolving artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads and new communication protocols such as 5G are pushing legacy data center architectures to a breaking point. These dynamic applications demand a dynamic and flexible data center framework,” said Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst with the Evaluator Group. “With the advent of composable infrastructure, and now with Liqid’s cross-composability on PCIe, Ethernet, Infiniband and upcoming fabrics such as Gen Z, Liqid will drive the widest array of protocols for its comprehensive suite of composable infrastructure solutions.”

Liqid Command Center Software Revision 2.2 Enables:

Support for composability over PCIe Gen4

Support for composability over 100Gb Ethernet

Support for composability over 100Gb EDR Infiniband

Composable storage with NVMe-oF (RoCEv2)

Composable GPU with GPU-oF (TCP/IP)

General availability of Liqid Command Center 2.2 is expected in 2H-2019

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