Intelligent Data Centres Issue 45 | Page 60

Northern Data becomes preferred cloud service provider in NVIDIA partner network

Northern Data Cloud Services has joined the NVIDIA Partner Network as a Preferred Partner for Cloud Services in Europe .

Northern Data ’ s sustainable data centres provide a GPU compute infrastructure based on NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core and RTX A6000 GPUs , primarily targeting Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and professional visualisation development teams . Northern Data helps these teams solve research and development assignments that require high processing power as well as datadriven business models .
This infrastructure creates the platform for automated and semi-automated workloads in fast-growing segments such as image , video and data analysis , Natural Language Processing ( NLP ), rendering and Machine Learning ( ML ).
“ We are delighted to be an NVIDIA Partner Network Preferred Cloud Service Provider ,” said Aroosh Thillainathan , CEO of Northern Data . “ The market is just getting started in the development of GPU cloud computing , yet we have the capability to offer large volumes of GPU computing power , tailored to the growing needs of our customers based on our own HPC data centre infrastructure .
“ We run our climate-neutral data centres in Scandinavia with a focus on the highest levels of energy efficiency . As a European supplier , we also guarantee our customer ’ s data sovereignty and security in line with European standards to meet their compliance requirements .”
“ Combining our powerful full-stack accelerated computing platform with Northern Data ’ s user-friendly and climate-neutral concept marks a milestone in the European cloud services market ,” said Markus Hacker , Regional Director of Enterprise Business
DACH at NVIDIA . “ Together , we ’ ll drive demand for these new , cloud-based HPC offerings .”
A powerful overall package
With a large number of NVIDIA GPUs , Northern Data will provide start-ups , scale-ups , established companies and system integrators with massive computing capacity for data-intensive workloads on demand . With Northern Data , customers will benefit from a tech stack that guarantees high interconnectivity and absence of latency between individual GPUs , as well as within one tenant for maximum scalability and flexibility .
In accomplishing this , Northern Data is relying on the latest networking technology from NVIDIA , all-flash storage solutions from PureStorage and an external , redundant 100 Gbit Internet connection . High security standards , low complexity of the network configuration and the simple scaling of workloads
thanks to the support of Cloud-init complete the offerings .
To simplify developer workflows and optimise performance on GPU instances , NVIDIA offers NGC , a hub of GPUoptimised AI and HPC software including enterprise-grade containers , frameworks , pre-trained models , Helm charts and industry-specific software development kits ( SDKs ) for data scientists , developers and DevOps teams to build and deploy solutions faster .
This end-to-end approach – from the choice of location to the construction and operation of the data centre – and Northern Data ’ s focus on cloud-native applications and the formulation of transparent flavours guarantee Northern Data customers costefficient use of sought-after HPC resources with no surprise follow-on costs . This is enabled by Northern Data ’ s sustainable data centres with exceptionally high Power Usage Effectiveness ( PUE ) in Sweden ( PUE value : 1.04 in 2021 ) and Norway ( PUE value : 1.15 ). �
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