Nvidia and VMware announced a partnership with the ambitious premise of bringing AI to every enterprise and to deliver a new data center, cloud and edge architecture.
Nvidia’s GPU Cloud hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Tanzu, the companies announced Tuesday at VMworld 2020.
The goal is to allow enterprises to extend their AI infrastructure and manage all applications with a single set of operations. Also, enterprises could deploy AI-ready infrastructure where the data resides, whether at the cloud, data center or edge.
VMware also previewed Project Monterey on Tuesday. Both companies will partner to deliver an architecture for the hybrid cloud that is based on SmartNIC tech, including the programmable BlueField-2 DPU (Data Processing Unit) from Nvidia combined with VMware Cloud Foundation.
Nvidia CEO said the efforts of the duo will help each customer transform their data center into an “accelerated AI supercomputer.”
The companies said their joint efforts are already being used by the UCSF Center for Intelligent Imaging. The center uses Nvidia Clara, a healthcare app framework for AI imaging, alongside VMware Cloud Foundation. Christopher Hess, chair of radiology and biomedical imaging at UCSF, said that bringing the two technologies together will help the center expand its AI work with a common data center infrastructure for training and research and support for urgent care diagnostics.
At last year’s VMworld event Nvidia and VMware announced software to allow customers to virtualize GPUs to speed up AI and deep learning workloads.