4G platform delivers hyper-scale integrations that enable organizations to run "impossible" workloads in the clouds of their choice, enhanced data reduction, new UI, and rich data services to streamline data movement, processing, and management.
The 44th IT Press Tour had the opportunity to meet with Liran Zvibel, CEO, and Jonathan Martin, President of Weka, the data platform for AI and next-generation workloads.
During our meeting, Weka unveiled the fourth generation of its unified software-based platform that delivers a consistent, highly performant, and scalable data management experience across on-premises, edge, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, for organizations looking to innovate with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and other next-generation workloads. Next-generation workloads require distributed GPU processing, high velocity, and high volumes of data built on data pipelines with highly variable IO patterns.
A seismic shift to the cloud by organizations looking to embrace digital-first strategies and harness transformational insights and discoveries using AI and ML is now accelerating, due in large part to the global disruptions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent supply chain constraints.
“More than 90% of global enterprises are now actively moving to data-centric business models, necessitating greater flexibility and agility in the way applications are deployed and consumed across their organization,” said Eric Burgener, Research Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure at IDC. “To support large-scale analytic workloads, many organizations opt for a hybrid cloud environment and may also require access to multiple public clouds. This can present immense challenges when deploying performance-intensive applications like AI and machine learning, as traditional data infrastructures may be challenged to provide the required scale and data movement across distributed environments, resulting in stalled and even failed AI/ML initiatives.”
Weka is helping organizations harness AI and innovate the future by running impossibly large, performance-intensive workloads in the cloud – or clouds – of their choosing, as well as hybrid cloud and edge environments. The fourth-generation Weka Data Platform delivers consistent high performance, robust data services, and a seamless, simplified data management experience with class-leading economics – regardless of where data and applications are located.
Key features and capabilities of the new release include:
A Unified Multicloud Data Platform for AI and Next-Gen Workloads: Weka 4 provides native integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to give organizations a single, unified deployment option that performs consistently – regardless of their preferred location. Advanced data replication features enable workloads to be stretched seamlessly across the edge, on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, while advanced security features provide best-in-breed malware protection without compromising usability.
Class-Leading Economics: Weka 4 provides three overlapping ways for customers to optimize their environments for cost, availability, scale – tiering to local and cloud object storage, a new choice of capacity (QLC) or performance-optimized (TLC) NVMe drives, and new, filesystem-wide data reduction that can increase effective capacity.
Simplicity at Hyperscale:
Fully Redesigned User Interface: Improves ease of use, streamlines recurrent operations, simplifies day-to-day tasks, and supplies the foundation for management in multi-tenant environments to help organizations better manage their data at scale.
Enhanced Multi-Protocol Support: Weka 4 introduces NFSv4 and class-leading Server Message Block (SMB) support for high-performance MS-Windows workloads. Customers can condense their data infrastructure stack and replace many legacy systems with a single zero-copy, zero-tuning WEKA Data Platform deployment.
New Software Packages and Pricing Options: To simplify the buying experience, Weka is releasing four new software packages aligned to its customers' primary use cases, with the option of subscription or consumption-based pricing.
“The world’s largest enterprises and research organizations are now doubling down on using AI and ML at scale to support innovation, discovery, and business breakthroughs,” said Liran. “Hyperscale public clouds like AWS, Azure, GCP, and OCI can provide the requisite agility and economies of scale needed to fuel these critical transformation and innovation engines, but the Weka Data Platform is the key to unlocking that value for AI/ML workloads in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Weka can uniquely help enterprises to avoid cloud lock-in and run their businesses with unparalleled economics.”