VMware and NVIDIA are aiming to unlock generative AI potential for enterprises through a new private AI foundation. In wanting to enable businesses to better ready their organisations for generative AI, this platform aims to further support data privacy, security and control.
Both companies expanding their strategic partnership in this way will enable thousands of enterprises that run on VMware’s cloud infrastructure to be more prepared for the ‘era of generative AI.’
It is exciting to see two companies working together to ensure that AI is being developed and deployed to not only the best possible use cases, but to also ensure ethical practice.
Generative AI and multi-cloud: offering businesses greater opportunity?
Worldwide, businesses are working to increase testing and deployment of AI applications to achieve faster digital transformation. According to a report published by AMD, 86% of businesses plan to prioritise AI in 5 years, which ultimately highlights a gap between the current AI hype and reality within a business context.
Whilst businesses are not ready to use AI to its full potential, a partnership such as this between VMware and NVIDIA could facilitate more efficient growth.
The VMware private AI Foundation with NVIDIA aims to enable enterprises to customise models and run generative AI applications, which include intelligent chatbots, assistants, search and summarisation.
The platform is designed to be a fully integrated solution featuring generative AI software and accelerated computing from NVIDIA and built on VMware Cloud Foundation. The hope is that it is also fully optimised for AI.
In harnessing these capabilities, VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA will work to customise large language models (LLMs); producing more secure and private models for internal usage, as well as offering generative AI as a service to their users and offering securely running inference workloads at scale.
The platform is expected to include integrated AI tools to empower enterprises to run proven models trained on their private data in a cost-efficient manner.
Offerings hope to enable greater customisation of AI models
The platform will feature NVIDIA NeMo, an end-to-end, cloud-native framework included in NVIDIA AI Enterprise that allows enterprises to build, customise and deploy generative AI models virtually anywhere. NeMo combines customisation frameworks, guardrail toolkits, data curation tools and pretrained models to offer enterprises an easy, cost-effective and fast way to adopt generative AI.
VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA will be supported by Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo — which will be among the first to offer systems that supercharge enterprise LLM customisation and inference workloads with NVIDIA L40S GPUs, NVIDIA BlueField-3 DPUs and NVIDIA ConnectX-7 SmartNICs.
There are plenty of enterprise advantages to harnessing AI, including enhancing customer experience, improving operational efficiency, driving sales and gaining a competitive edge in larger markets.
“Generative AI and multi-cloud are the perfect match,” said Raghu Raghuram, CEO of VMware. “Customer data is everywhere - in their data centres, at the edge and in their clouds. Together with NVIDIA, we’ll empower enterprises to run their generative AI workloads adjacent to their data with confidence while addressing their corporate data privacy, security and control concerns.”
“Enterprises everywhere are racing to integrate generative AI into their businesses,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.
“Our expanded collaboration with VMware will offer hundreds of thousands of customers - across financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and more - the full-stack software and computing they need to unlock the potential of generative AI using custom applications built with their own data.”
VMware expects to release VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA at the start of 2024.
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