IT Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) — NetApp has introduced NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture, powered by NVIDIA DGX supercomputers and NetApp AFF A800 cloud-connected all-flash storage to simplify, accelerate, and scale the data pipeline across edge, core and cloud for deep learning deployments and to help customers achieve real business impact with AI.

Although many organizations are adopting new AI platforms, tools, and practices, most don’t have enough control over their distributed data stores to ensure that complete, current, and accessible data is available for their AI projects. Success with AI depends on a business’s approach to data. To be effective in today’s AI use cases and future-proof a business for new AI applications, organizations must achieve visibility into and control of their data, from edge to core to cloud.

“Organizations everywhere are making significant investments in AI, but they often lack the infrastructure required to optimize their data for AI projects and scale their applications and workflows to create the business impact they expect,” said Octavian Tanase, senior vice president, ONTAP, NetApp.

“NetApp’s cloud-connected data solutions and new proven architecture with NVIDIA DGX create a single data environment for AI. This gives customers the control, access, and performance they need to provide the right data at the right time at the right location to their AI applications – all at scale and all integrated, managed, and protected by the NetApp Data Fabric.”

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By leveraging the NetApp Data Fabric, ONTAP AI enables enterprises to create a seamless data pipeline that spans from the edge to the core to the cloud. This pipeline integrates diverse, dynamic, and distributed data sources, with complete control and protection. With massive processing power and capacity, ONTAP AI removes performance bottlenecks and enables secure, non-disruptive access to data from multiple sources and data formats.

“The combination of NVIDIA DGX and NetApp all-flash arrays meets the infrastructure challenges of today’s AI deployments,” said Jim McHugh, vice president and general manager of Deep Learning Systems at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA’s leadership in AI and GPU computing, combined with NetApp’s innovation in all-flash storage systems, gives customers a faster way to deploy AI with proven performance and a simplified operations model.”

ONTAP AI is a joint NetApp and NVIDIA proven architecture offering that combines the world’s most powerful GPU solutions with the world’s fastest and most cloud-connected flash systems and software.

Features and benefits include:

  • Deploy easily. Get started faster with AI by eliminating design complexity and guesswork.
  • Scale without limits. Organizations that are starting out with deep learning can begin with a 1:1 configuration and scale out as their data grows, to a 1:5 configuration and beyond.
  • Operate with confidence. High-availability solution design with redundant storage and network and server connections.

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