ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2021 — Liqid, the world’s leading software company delivering data center composability, announced today at Supercomputing 2021 a new white paper with industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to highlight the potential of technologies like Liqid Matrix composable software as part of a sustainable ecosystem for next-generation applications such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI+ML), high-performance computing (HPC), cloud- and edge computing environments to drive intelligent global infrastructure expansion.
“As AI has transformed the performance requirements of the data center, it’s become essential to develop infrastructure solutions for sustainable technological growth, and we are excited to work with our customers, partners, investors, and the wider world of IT to develop solutions that address this urgent need head on,” said Sumit Puri, CEO & Cofounder, Liqid. “We believe software-defined solutions like those offered by Liqid have the potential to provide the most dynamic and efficient choice for those seeking to maximize performance while laying a framework for disaggregated, responsible growth.”
Combating Climate Change with Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure
In the new paper from ESG, entitled Why IT Must Prioritize Sustainability, senior analyst Scott Sinclair and senior research analyst Moya Keane discuss how adaptive, software-defined data center architectures like Liqid Matrix introduce enough operational performance and efficiency sufficient to offer a model for data center flexibility and more sustainable growth for organizations seeking to deploy technologies to solve data center-scale problems.
According to recent data cited by ESG:
- The number of global data centers increased from 500,000 in 2012 to more than 8 million today1;
- In addition, by 2025, the IT industry could use 20 percent of all electricity produced and emit up to 5.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions2;
- The typical data center uses about 3-5 million gallons of water per day — the same amount as a city of 30,000-50,000 people3.
Further, citing findings reported by the Wall Street Journal, ESG notes that, while a strong majority of companies understand climate change poses significant risk to their facilities and finances, only half of surveyed companies figure climate change into their current risk management4, illustrating a gap between stated acknowledgement and future preparation.
The findings place a significant responsibility on the IT community to implement data center solutions that reduce associated environmental waste, while also ensuring the ability to continue to innovate using modern, data-hungry applications that require significant infrastructure in order to perform.
With Liqid Matrix software-defined solutions, IT users can architect data center environments that better prepare organizations for more climate-conscious operations while creating a path forward for continued sustainable innovation.
ESG analysts write that “a composable infrastructure provides significant improvements to performance, architectural optimization, hardware disaggregation issues, and importantly, footprint efficiency—basically eliminating the urge to overprovision.”
Liqid Matrix software enables IT users to configure bare-metal servers in seconds. With Liqid Matrix, independent resource pools are orchestrated on-demand to instantly address the requirements of the specific workload. Once the workload is complete, resources are released back into the pool for use by other applications. This eliminates the need for costly overprovisioning of infrastructure, reduces power and cooling requirements, and enables the most efficient and sustainable data center architectures.
Sinclair and Keane concluded: “The key to making all that happen is to incorporate a software-defined abstraction layer. It will help an organization become more ‘change-ready.’ After all, change is the reality for all of us. And it is not a short-term phenomenon.”
Read ESG’s Why IT Must Prioritize Sustainability to find out how Liqid provides superior performance, agility, and efficiency to achieve material reductions in overall IT waste.
Liqid’s composable infrastructure software platform, Liqid Matrix, unlocks cloud-like speed and flexibility plus higher efficiency from data center infrastructure. Now IT administrators can configure, deploy, and scale physical, bare-metal servers in seconds, then reallocate valuable accelerator and storage resources via software as needs evolve. Dynamically provision previously impossible systems or scale existing investments, and then redeploy resources where needed in real-time. Unlock cloud-like datacenter agility at any scale and experience new levels of resource and operational efficiency with Liqid.
1Source: Data Center Knowledge, The Data Center Dilemma: Is Our Data Destroying the Environment?, April 2019
2Source: World Economic Forum, By 2025 the IT industry could use 20% of all electricity produced. How can we make it sustainable?, June 2021
3Source: NBC News, Drought-stricken communities push back against data centers, June 2021
4Source: Data Center Knowledge, The Data Center Dilemma: Is Our Data Destroying the Environment?, April 2019