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Rafay announces New PaaS Capabilities for GPU-based Workloads

Extends Core PaaS Offering to Address Enterprise GPU Consumption Requirements, Along With MLOps- and LLMOps-focused Capabilities for Data Scientists

Rafay Systems, the leading Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider for modern infrastructure and accelerated computing, announced today that it has extended the capabilities of its enterprise PaaS for modern infrastructure to support graphics processing unit- (GPU-) based workloads. This makes compute resources for AI instantly consumable by developers and data scientists with the enterprise-grade guardrails Rafay customers leverage today. The company also launched a new AI Suite with standards-based pipelines for machine learning operations (MLOps) and large language model operations (LLMOps) to help enterprise platform teams quicken the development and deployment of AI applications for developers and data scientists.

The AI landscape has rapidly transformed, with AI and accelerated computing now evolving from an area of focus for small, specialist teams to permeating every aspect of application development and delivery for all businesses. Moreover, as the global GPU-as-a-Service market is expected to reach $17.2 billion by 2030, organizations actively seek scalable solutions to quickly and easily connect their data scientists and developers to expensive, in-short-supply accelerated computing infrastructure.

Rafay’s enterprise customers have long leveraged Rafay’s PaaS for modern infrastructure to rapidly give developers access to central processing unit- (CPU-) based infrastructure on-premises and in all the major public clouds, with guardrails included. The same issues that needed to be addressed for CPU-based workloads — environment standardization, self-service consumption of compute, secure use of multi-tenant environments, cost optimization, zero-trust connectivity enforcement and auditability — now have to be addressed with GPU-based workloads. Aspects such as cost are even more critical to control in the new age of AI.

In addition to applying its existing capabilities to GPU-based workloads, Rafay has extended its enterprise PaaS with features and capabilities that specifically support GPU workloads and infrastructure. Rafay makes AI-focused compute resources instantly consumable by developers and data scientists, enabling customers to empower every developer and data scientist to accelerate the speed of AI-driven innovation — and do it within the guidelines and policies set forth by the enterprise.

“I am immensely proud of Team Rafay for having extended our enterprise PaaS offering to now support GPU-based workloads in data centers and in all major public clouds,” said Haseeb Budhani, co-founder and CEO of Rafay Systems. “Beyond the multi-cluster matchmaking capabilities and other powerful PaaS features that deliver a self-service compute consumption experience for developers and data scientists, platform teams can also make users more productive with turnkey MLOps and LLMOps capabilities available on the Rafay platform. This announcement makes Rafay a must-have partner for enterprises, as well as GPU and sovereign cloud operators, looking to speed up modern application delivery.”

To address challenges associated with building and deploying AI-based applications, Rafay’s newly added support for GPU workloads helps enterprises and managed service providers power a new GPU-as-a-Service experience for internal developers and customers, respectively. This provides developers and data scientists with:

  • Developer and Data Scientist Self-service: Easy to use, self-service experience to request for GPU-enabled workspaces
  • AI-optimized User Workspaces: Pre-configured workspaces for AI model development, training and servicing with necessary AI tools including Jupyter Notebooks and Virtual Studio Code (VSCode) internal developer environment (IDE) integrations
  • GPU Matchmaking: Similarly for CPUs, dynamically match the user workspaces with available GPUs or pools of GPUs based on criteria such as proximity, cost efficiency, GPU type and more to improve utilization
  • GPU Virtualization: Time slicing and multi-instance GPU sharing to virtualized GPUs across workloads and lower the costs of running GPU hardware with dashboards to visualize GPU usage

Rafay’s new AI Suite adds to Rafay’s existing portfolio of suites, which consists of the company’s Standardization Suite, Public Cloud Suite, and Private Cloud Suite. New capabilities include:

  • Pre-configured LLMOps Playgrounds: Help developers experiment with generative AI (GenAI) by rapidly training, tuning and testing GenAI apps with approved models, vector databases, inference servers and more
  • Turnkey MLOps Pipeline: Deliver an enhanced developer experience with an all-in-one MLOps pipeline, complete with GPU support, a company-wide model registry, and integrations with Jupyter Notebooks and VSCode IDEs
  • Central Management of LLM Providers and Prompts: Built-in prompt compliance, cost controls on public LLM use such as OpenAI and Anthropic to ensure developers consistently comply with internal policies
  • AI Data Source Integrations and Governance: Leverage pre-configured integrations with enterprise data sources such as Databricks and Snowflake while controlling usage for AI application development and deployments

Rafay’s newly added support for GPU workloads also expands and enhances the solutions the company jointly brings to market with global partners such as NTT DATA.

NTT DATA helps grow and transform its clients’ businesses, and it is now able to do so faster than ever before, thanks to Rafay’s new AI capabilities. This collaboration underscores NTT DATA’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancement, ultimately enabling NTT DATA to drive greater value for clients and achieve its mission objectives with agility and precision.

“Building on our successful partnership with Rafay, NTT DATA is proud to deepen its collaboration with the team to help deliver its new GPU support and AI Suite to the global market. This expanded alliance underscores our shared commitment to provide cutting-edge AI solutions that empower businesses worldwide. Rafay’s approach satisfies users responsible for application development and management, making it easy to cross-collaborate within enterprises’ security and budget boundaries,” said Mike Jones, vice president of partners and alliances at NTT DATA UK&I.

The new GPU-based capabilities in Rafay’s PaaS, along with the AI Suite are now generally available for customers. Start a free trial today to learn more about how Rafay delivers an enterprise PaaS for modern infrastructure and accelerated computing, enabling enterprises to focus 100% on innovation and 0% on infrastructure.

Additional Resources

  • Sign up for a demo here
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  • Read the Rafay Blog: The Kubernetes Current

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