Synology builds petabyte-sized data warehouse for leading AI institute

Taiwan AI Labs is Asia’s first non-profit AI research organization and has selected the comprehensive storage systems group Synology to build the core AI training infrastructure.

The research center works with both the public and private sectors and has led cutting-edge research that harnesses the power of AI, including the development of automated diagnostics for COVID-19 and the design and implementation of a social distancing application in Taiwan.

However, with requirements that range from massive parallel processing during the training phase, to high data and service availability when running newly developed applications, there has been an enormous and growing amount of data. This led the IT team at Taiwan AI Labs to search for a versatile solution to manage the ever-increasing pool of data, which was generated by its diverse portfolio of complex projects.

This research led the team to Synology, saying “Synology’s unparalleled performance, scalability, and reliability are exactly what we need to build a petabyte-sized data warehouse.”

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The team chose Synology Enterprise Storage Systems to build a robust object storage stack, keeping scalability and reliability requirements in mind. Storage is fully flash-complemented for additional performance when handling latency-sensitive workloads.

Individual services are provisioned and managed by Kubernetes, which runs directly from Synology storage. To ensure uptime, provide fault tolerance, and avoid disasters, the solution is deployed using Synology High Availability (SHA) clusters.

Data security is also a critical factor, so the solution also uses a backup architecture designed with highly scalable Synology SA Series modules and snapshot replication to create just-in-time copies of shared folders and LUNs. It can then be quickly recovered in the event of data loss, whether accidental or malicious.

Taiwan AI Labs now plans to leverage Hyper Backup and C2 Storage as one of the solutions needed to complete a 3-2-1 backup architecture, adding flexibility to deployment and further reducing IT management overheads.

“From project conceptualization to final delivery and support, Synology solutions provide a solid foundation for us to focus on research and development without being constrained by infrastructure,” explained Taiwan AI Labs.

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