Gcore, an international cloud and edge solutions provider, has inaugurated an AI Cloud cluster in Newport, Wales, expanding its offerings and democratizing AI development opportunities across the UK and Europe. Leveraging Graphcore’s innovative IPUs, this cluster provides access to enterprise-scale IT resources, catering to companies of all sizes.
The Newport cluster is the latest addition to Gcore’s AI Cloud, which already encompasses sites in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The strategic choice of location was influenced by several factors: the UK government’s commitment to advancing AI technologies, the country’s high internet penetration rates, and its position as one of the world’s largest digital economies.
Seva Vayner, Director of Edge Cloud Stream at Gcore, emphasized the significance of the Newport cluster, stating that it plays a crucial role in establishing one of Europe’s first AI infrastructures. By partnering with Graphcore, Gcore aims to enable businesses to seamlessly integrate innovations and gain easy access to state-of-the-art AI technology.
The new cluster represents a significant milestone for companies seeking to expedite the integration of AI innovations. Through an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model, Gcore’s AI Cloud grants access to Graphcore’s specialized AI hardware on a pay-per-minute basis. This approach allows businesses to leverage processors that offer superior price/performance compared to GPUs, empowering them to accelerate their AI initiatives and developments. The available hardware includes Graphcore BOW-PODs, IPU-PODs, and BOW-vPODs. Furthermore, the Gcore AI Cloud provides software tools and integrations such as PyTorch, Keras, TensorFlow, Hugging Face, Paddle, and ONNX to support machine learning and AI work.
With the launch of the AI Cloud cluster in Newport, Gcore continues to expand its global cloud solutions. With a strong presence in over 140 regions and more than 20 cloud locations, Gcore offers a comprehensive range of services. Customers can benefit from managed technical infrastructure, storage solutions, security provisions, and setup requirements. Gcore’s offerings encompass protected bare metal servers, virtual instances, cloud storage, and specialized AI hardware, ensuring that businesses of all sizes have access to cutting-edge technology to drive their developments forward.