NetApp and NVIDIA build architecture for AI

NetApp ONTAP AI architecture intended to serve data to machine learning systems

Netapp's ONTAP AI appliance provides accelerated data for machine learning.
Netapp's ONTAP AI appliance provides accelerated data for machine learning.

NetApp and NVIDIA have partnered to develop new architecture to ensure data availability for AI and machine learning solutions.

The NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture, combines NVIDIA DGX processing with 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

Delivering data at speed is essential for the complex workloads of AI and machine learning projects. The combination of the world's most powerful GPU solutions with the world's fastest and most cloud-connected flash systems and software creates a seamless data pipeline across edge, core and cloud, the company says.

This pipeline integrates diverse, dynamic, and distributed data sources, and gives users 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 system allows organisations to easily deploy a trusted architecture to get started on AI projects more quickly, with a highly scalable, high availability solution.

"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.

"Organisations 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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