Tolly recently spoke with Jay Breakstone, CEO and Founder and Sumit Puri, VP of Marketing and C0-Founder at Liqid regarding their Composable Infrastructure (CI) platform. Liqid’s open platform allows users, either manually or through policy-based automation, to effortlessly manage and configure “physical,” bare-metal server systems in seconds. Liqid’s software and hardware work in harmony allowing users, for the first time, to configure their physical server infrastructure on-the-fly. In this way, Liqid enables organizations to adapt to technological and business changes in real time and fully maximize opportunities in today’s digital economy.
Here are a few key elements that we gleaned from speaking with Jay and Sumit:
What is Composable Infastructure (CI)?: In order for Data Centers to achieve more flexibility there is a new technology approach focused on the disaggregation of IT infrastructure resources, which is called Composable Infrastructure. For more information on OCP Summit and the recent conference in March readers can visit: http://www.opencompute.org/ocp-u.s.-summit-2017/
Liqid’s software and fabric technology enables provisioning and management of data center resources. Through their Command Center software it provides dynamic provisioning of bare-metal machines from pools of disaggregated resources.
Benefits Liqid CI can Provide: During our discussion with Sumit, he detailed some of the key technology differentiators Liqid’s CI provides:
- Disaggregated Resources – Resource can be scaled individually rather components being to a fixed system
- PCIe Fabric – Fabric is based on PCIe, which is a common interface and has lower latency then Ethernet
- Bare Metal – Offers true bare metal CI, not virtualized hardware
- Open System – Works with open hardware systems and supports multi-vendor interoperability
All of these elements provide Data Center’s who are doing more with less a compelling OPEX.
Command Center Interface: The OPEX benefits of Liqid’s CI is furthered by their Command Center interface. The LiqidOS Command Center provides system admins the ability for example for 1.) policy-based automation and provisioning 2.) device telemetry and statistics and 3.) remote cluster management. An example of the Command Center Interface can be found below: