Pure Storage Partners with Microsoft Azure to Accelerate Semiconductor Design | 2021-11-08 | Press Releases



MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA., November 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Pure Storage® (NYSE: PSTG), the computing pioneer that delivers storage-as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, today announced its partnership with Microsoft Azure to dramatically accelerate next-generation chip design by providing a A data layer that can keep pace with massive, concurrent High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads running in the cloud. FlashBlade at Equinix with Microsoft Azure for EDA is the first-ever validated solution to leverage adjacent cloud storage for engineering design and automation (EDA) workloads.

Customer demand for advanced chip development has created a need for performance far beyond what today’s legacy storage architectures can provide. Amid the global chip shortage, companies are looking to leverage the public cloud for HPC workloads and accelerate overall design and manufacturing.

Pure Storage and Equinix have partnered with Microsoft Azure to provide cloud-adjacent storage for EDA, HPC, and other highly parallel workloads, such as software creation and testing. The solution is built on Pure Storage FlashBlade®, the leading Unified File and Object Storage (UFFO) platform that delivers multidimensional performance at scale.

Built with a next-generation chip design in mind, FlashBlade offers improved efficiency and resource utilization along with advanced analytics to remove bottlenecks. FlashBlade’s core value proposition of simplicity, multidimensional performance, and scalability helps reduce task execution time, making it the ideal storage solution for EDA workloads.

“Public cloud processing resources allow chip designers to drive innovation, but they still need high-performance storage that can scale quickly to keep pace. By coupling FlashBlade with Azure, EDA customers can use the virtually unlimited compute capacity of the public cloud for next-generation product development while maintaining full control over governance and data security. “- Amy fowler, Vice President, Strategy and Solutions, FlashBlade Business Unit at Pure Storage.

FlashBlade at Equinix with Azure for EDA uses FlashBlade in an Equinix datacenter with a low latency connection to Azure. The solution offers several advantages, including:

  • Cloud adoption made easy: Using array-level capabilities, data can be staged and ready for use in the cloud anytime and in any geographic location.
  • Large-scale performance: FlashBlade is a high performance, all-flash storage system for file and object data. It can support hundreds of thousands of parallel TCP connections per chassis to enable high levels of parallel computing.
  • Security and control: Customers retain full control of their data while taking advantage of FlashBlade’s Purity operating system with built-in security and data management features. Businesses will also have the ability to scale to multiple clouds without data migration.

“Microsoft is excited to be working with Pure Storage on the first ever connected cloud solution for EDA workloads, enabling customers to accelerate semiconductor design workflows using Microsoft Azure. This cooperation demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with optimal storage options for high performance scenarios. and enable partners from across the ecosystem. “- Mujtaba Hamid, Product Manager, Modeling and Simulation, Azure at Microsoft

“Expanding our relationship with Pure Storage and Azure to provide this cloud-adjacent storage solution is a victory for customers – making it easier for them to meet the stringent performance, governance and security requirements of HPC and IT. EDA for semiconductor workloads. a connected cloud architecture that combines physical proximity and lightning-fast, low-latency private connections between the Pure Storage FlashBlade infrastructure and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute hosted at Equinix, opening up a powerful new way for customers to push the boundaries of high computing performance. “- Zacharie Smith, CEO of Equinix Metal

To learn more about Pure and our EDA solutions, visit FlashBlade for EDA.

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