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Using the TS-2888X AI Solution

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AI at a Glance

Artificial intelligence (AI), encompasses the broad fields of data capture, storage, preparation, and advanced analytics technologies. In other words, AI systems are not limited to a single aspect of Data Management; instead, it has to continue penetrating every aspect of the business through allied data technologies like machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), and neural networks.

Data is the new oil. The global consultancy IDC projects that “the Global DataSphere will balloon to 175 zettabytes by 2025”. This oft-repeated concept, first coined by British mathematician Clive Humby, highlights the inherent value of data in the post-industrial era and the one that powers the transformative technology of the digital age, like artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, and machine learning. The adoption of AI enables diverse solutions that find applications in businesses as well as in governance and also carries us into an era focused on data – the exponential growth in volume, the analysis, and the management of it. Given that successful AI implementation depends on relevant and useful quality data as a fundamental building block, the collection, analysis, and storage of that data will be increasingly critical to the individuals and businesses that leverage it.

With the increasing amount of data created as a result of growing AI adoption, 95% of organisations believe there is a need to have more robust data storage solutions so that their IT infrastructures are ready to handle the incoming data efficiently and securely. Before an organization selects storage for an AI platform, it must first consider the following; public cloud, cost, scalability, performance, availability & durability, integration, ready to store, and store more efficiently. Data storage requirements for AI vary widely according to the application and the source material. Depending on the use case, the data set varies quite dramatically. In imaging, it grows almost exponentially as files tend to be really, really huge.

AI applications such as image recognition, language processing, computer vision, robotics, and many others leverage machine learning for deriving accurate predictions from large volumes of data and end up making effective and efficient decisions. Both AI and IoT have found a unique and irreplaceable place in the digital business model of today. Moreover, businesses worldwide are investing in both technologies.

Data Storage for AI

Data storage is key to ensuring success with AI. Data is the life-blood of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI and ML). As these technologies mature and applications proliferate, they will generate vast amounts of data – and with them, new storage challenges. Organizations need to balance storage performance, ease of management, and cost. That means designing a storage strategy to support AI and ML applications using the optimal storage technologies for the kinds of data AI and ML create. The increase in data generation from a more full implementation of AI calls for more robust data storage solutions so that organizations can better manage their data in an efficient and secure manner.


How to Effectively Handle Big Data & Large Data?

AI applications enforce new burdens on the storage infrastructure. They are driven by the “three Vs.” (variety, volume, and velocity) that are generally accepted as major principles of all big data-oriented applications. They require a massive amount of data that is varied in its file type and how it is generated, retrieved, and kept to be both collected and processed in real-time. Accurate AI models require a holistic stance point that allows all associated data to be treated quickly to keep up with changing dynamics. Large volumes of data need highly scalable, robust, and redundant storage infrastructure. To effectively store, retain, manage, and control large data lakes, the data storage solution has to have the following attributes:

  • High Scalability
  • High Availability & Redundancy
  • Flexibility
  • Hybrid Storage – On-premises Cloud-Native Appliance
  • Simplified Management

The Solution For Your AI Projects – The QNAP TS-2888X

The TS-2888X provides computing, storage, and the development platform required for machine learning to help organisations swiftly and effortlessly implement AI applications. Data is the key to AI, and the TS-2888X offers the potential for large capacities to remove the storage restriction from AI development by providing users with ample and diverse drive configurations.

Built around AI optimization with GPU-accelerated computing, hybrid-architecture storage, and a ready-to-use software environment, the TS-2888X greatly reduces the time and complexity for implementing and managing AI tasks with cost efficiency. It will help your organization drive more intelligent usage and identify business opportunities at every level.

A system as complicated as this should be well thought out and spec'd before you make a purchase. Why not contact us to guide you through configuring it appropriately for your needs? We can advise the right drives, NVMe/SSDs, GPU and even offer you specialized memory upgrades that will ensure that your system performs at the optimum level. Oh, and don't forget about our Qbit Testing service. It will alleviate any DOA components and you will receive a system that has been fully configured, fine tuned, tested, and RAIDready to use out of the box. Buy your new AI beast from the Experts at QNAPdirect.

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Hardware in the TS-2888X

Processor: 
Powerful CPU with liquid cooling
The TS-2888X is powered by a next-generation Intel® Xeon® W processor, available with up to 18 cores/36 threads of uncompromising processing power on a single die. An Asetek CPU liquid cooling system delivers unparalleled cooling performance for the 140-watt Xeon® CPU, effectively absorbing and transferring heat to ensure maximized performance.
Memory: 
DDR4 ECC Memory
The TS-2888X supports quad-channel DDR4 ECC memory running at 2666 MHz, with eight memory slots that support up to 512 GB to deliver rapid workload loading and processing. ECC memory also decreases the risk of computational errors, providing a higher level of reliability for complex tasks such as machine learning.
PCIe:
Up to 4 high-end graphics cards
GPUs are the heart of AI and machine learning, making training a machine learning data set possible in hours instead of days. The TS-2888X provides eight PCIe Gen3 slots that can accommodate up to four high-end graphics cards to unleash tremendous computing power. With enough space for cards up to 330mm in length, the TS-2888X can accommodate almost every type of graphics card on the market.
Storage: 
Hybrid-architecture storage, and more flash
Machine learning demands not only GPU power but also a dependable storage infrastructure that provides huge capacity potential for storing growing datasets and meets small file I/O requirements for AI workloads. The TS-2888X utilizes a hybrid architecture with support for high-capacity hard drives and high-performance SSDs to meet these scale and performance requirements.

  • 8 x 3.5-inch/2.5-inc SATA 6Gb/s HDD ports
  • 4 x 2.5-inch U.2 PCIe Gen3 x 4 NVMe SSD ports
  • 16 x 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s SSD ports
PSU:
2000W 80Plus Platinum PSU
The TS-2888X features a 2000W 80Plus Platinum power supply, providing the ability to easily handle multiple high-end graphics cards.
I/O:
Versatile I/O connections 
The TS-2888X provides various I/O connections to support applications and services that supplement your AI tasks. Besides Gigabit Ethernet ports, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports provide high bandwidth for accelerating large file sharing and intensive data transfer. The USB ports also allow you to connect to different types of external devices.

  • 2 x 10GbE ports
  • 4 x GbE ports
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 4 x USB 2.0
Fan:
Compartmentalized smart cooling
The front-panel LCD display provides at-a-glance system status information. Behind the huge air inlet screen there are six smart fans that separately detect temperatures in different zones (CPU, PCIe slots, power supply unit, and storage) to provide smarter, quieter, and energy-efficient cooling.

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