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Liqid Composable Infrastructure – Product Brief

Last updated January 5th, 2021 for end of year updates. Concise and unbiased overview of Liqid Composable Infrastructure. Contains highlights, overview, usage and Evaluator Group's opinion. Download now!

Composable infrastructures direct-connect compute and storage resources, dynamically, using virtualized networking techniques controlled by software. Instead of physically constructing a server with specific internal devices (storage, network interface controllers (NICs), graphics processing units (GPUs), or field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)), or cabling the appropriate device chassis to a server, composable enables the virtual connection of these resources at the device level as and when needed.

Not bound by a fixed ratio of central processing units (CPUs) to storage, networking, etc., these products can assemble or “compose” a bare-metal compute system with the desired hardware configuration, essentially at run time. And they can “disassemble” it when no longer needed, returning those resources to a common pool. Many solutions also compose GPUs and / or FPGAs.

Liqid describes to their technology as “composable disaggregated infrastructure” which uses software to create bare-metal server instances from disaggregated pools of NVMe, Storage Class Memory, GPUs, FPGAs, NICs, and CPU/memory modules (servers/blades). The Liqid Command Center software is responsible for connect resources from approved hardware across high speed fabric, including their own PCIe switch. Liqid is hardware agnostic, but also manufactures non-volatile memory express (NVMe) storage devices in PCIe add-in card (AIC) formats.

The PCIe cables connecting the switch to these chassis essentially replaces the backplane—Liqid calls it a “rack-level backplane.” This allows Liqid to connect storage, GPUs, and FPGAs into the composable fabric servers.

Liqid Composable Infrastructure Product Brief Includes:

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  • Usage and Deployment
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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