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Vultr expands eco-friendly cloud infrastructure with NVIDIA GPUs
Mon, 11th Mar 2024

Vultr, noted as the largest privately-held cloud computing platform in the world, has recently broadened its system's capability with an expansion of its cloud infrastructure. Employing NVIDIA Cloud GPUs powered by renewable energy at Sabey Data Centres, Vultr underscored its commitment to cleaner, sustainable cloud computing.

The upgrade at Sabey Data Centres included an increased capacity of NVIDIA HGX H100 GPU clusters, useful for AI innovation, inference, and accelerated computing processes. The clusters, accessible on demand or via reserved contracts, signal Vultr's push towards environmentally responsible AI evolution, carbon footprint reduction, and adherence to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals.

Located at Sabey Data Centres' SDC Columbia region in Seattle, the augmentation merges well with the host's ambition of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2029. With a dedicated 130+ acres of land and three out of a maximum of nine potential buildings fully operational, Sabey's Columbia location is wholly powered by sustainable hydropower. Having been awarded a 100 ENERGY STAR rating for three consecutive years and an exceptional annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15, this provision makes Sabey one of the most efficient energy-conserving data centres in the region.

Speaking on the partnership, J.J. Kardwell, CEO of Vultr's parent company, Constant, said, "The transformative impact of AI has created a rapidly growing need from enterprises and AI innovators for high-performance, sustainable cloud GPU infrastructure. We chose Sabey for our latest expansion of NVIDIA GPU capacity because of our shared goal of reducing the carbon footprint of AI training and inference." He further highlighted the commitment to offering cloud GPUs that meet the highest standards for compliance, sustainability, and price-to-performance.

Expressing excitement at the partnership, Robert Rockwood, President of Sabey Data Centers, stated, "We are thrilled to welcome Vultr to our customer roster as the first cloud computing platform to offer cloud GPUs in our SDC Columbia data centre. Given the crucial role data centres and AI play in our lives and in shaping humanity's future, it's important that we power them as sustainably as possible."

With the recent expansion, Vultr continues to bolster its credibility in the field by achieving Elite Partner Status as part of the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) for cloud service providers. Also, Vultr was quick to add the groundbreaking NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip to its cloud GPU offerings aimed at AI training and inference.

This growth moves are aligned with Vultr's other recent innovations, which include launching the Vultr GPU Stack and Container Registry, partnering with Rescale for HPC innovation, and partnering with DDN for streamlined data operations. These advancements, coupled with the use of renewable energy and aim for a reduced carbon footprint, further solidify Vultrs as a leader in sustainable, high-performance cloud computing.