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NetApp and NVIDIA Supercharge Deep Learning with New AI Architecture


NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture delivers accelerated access to
data at the speed and scale that AI demands

NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP), the data authority for the hybrid cloud, today
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

"Companies of all sizes and across various industries are making
significant inroads in using AI to solve real-life problems, especially
in the enterprise. However, while very exciting, AI models and workloads
are not easy to deploy, and many organizations are struggling,"
said Ritu Jyoti, program vice president, IDC. "The NetApp ONTAP AI
proven architecture is a powerful solution that will help users
accelerate AI-driven business outcomes and overcome deployment

"Developing disruptive AI technology and turning this into breakthrough
products and services for our customers is a vital requirement across
many markets we work in," said Monty Barlow, head of artificial
intelligence, Cambridge Consultants. "NetApp ONTAP AI powered by NVIDIA
DGX supercomputers and NetApp all-flash storage is simplifying and
accelerating the data pipeline for deep learning."

"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

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, nondisruptive 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.

An Ecosystem of Solution Partners

ONTAP AI is available through channel partners, including:

"As long as we have partnered with NetApp, their products have been able
to adapt to address the challenges around data that come with major
technological advances. AI is a key component to building modern
applications that are engaging, real time, and distributed. NetApp ONTAP
AI and Data Fabric make it easier to leverage data wherever it is, to
build and deploy powerful AI-powered applications," said Mark Kelly,
chief strategy officer at ePlus. "ONTAP AI simplifies ongoing operations
and accelerates time to results. With our AI expertise and track record
in converged infrastructure, we can help customers focus less on
infrastructure and more on driving outcomes from their deep learning

"Customers want an AI solution that allows them to start small and grow.
ONTAP AI provides a proven architecture to help them achieve that goal,"
said Manohar Vellala, practice manager, Data and Analytics at Groupware
Technology. "Our customers can now deploy a powerful, highly available
deep learning configuration validated by NetApp and NVIDIA with the
headroom to grow with their needs."

"IAS is excited to be a launch partner for the ONTAP AI proven
architecture," said Amy Rao, CEO of IAS. "Moving large datasets from
edge to core or core to cloud is becoming impractical, and customers are
looking for ways to maximize data value independent of location. The
Data Fabric—combined with NetApp cloud-connected all-flash technology
and NVIDIA GPU-assisted compute and all packaged in a prevalidated
configuration—gives customers the choice, control, efficiency, and
availability required for deep learning environments."

"Customers deploying AI and deep learning are looking for ways to reduce
their time to outcomes. A highly available and powerful deep learning
environment ensures that data scientists stay productive," said Bob
Olwig, vice president of Corporate Business Development, WWT. "ONTAP AI
is a proven architecture from NetApp and NVIDIA that complements WWT's
broad portfolio of solutions and services for deep learning, giving
customers an AI stack that can be implemented quickly with higher
efficiency and lower risk."

Additional Resources:

  • To learn more about NetApp ONTAP AI here
  • Read Octavian's post about the announcement NetApp's blog
  • Read the NVIDIA
  • Join the broadcast event "Accelerate Your Journey to AI" on August 1
    at 10 a.m. PT here

About NetApp

NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range
of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications
and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital
transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global
organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand
customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation, and optimize their
operations. For more information, visit

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