Why NetApp for artificial intelligence

The AI experts at NetApp work with you to build a data fabric that helps remove bottlenecks at the edge, core, and cloud to enable more efficient data collection, accelerated AI workloads, and smoother cloud integration.

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AI success—easier said than done

Organizations across nearly every industry are adopting AI to stay competitive, drive growth, and decrease expenses. Whether powering self-driving vehicles, pioneering genomic medicine, building chatbots, or leveraging predictive maintenance, success with AI is completely dependent on real-time access to large amounts of data. Data is key to identifying patterns, developing predictive insights, and enabling increasingly accurate autonomous systems.

Hold on though. AI is easier said than done. Not only are the volumes of data massive and stored in many different forms, but the data lives everywhere—across multiple clouds and in the data center. Data silos and technology complexity are major hurdles to getting AI projects into production.

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NetApp helps unlock the power of AI

If the challenges above sound familiar, it’s time to build your data fabric—a unified data management environment spanning across edge devices, data centers, and one or more public clouds—so your AI data can be ingested, collected, stored, and protected no matter where it resides. Only then can you optimally train AI, drive machine learning (ML), and empower the deep learning (DL) algorithms necessary to bring your AI projects to life. 

NetApp® AI solutions remove bottlenecks at the edge, core, and cloud to enable more efficient data collection, accelerated AI workloads, and smoother cloud integration. Our unified data management solutions support seamless, cost-effective data movement across your hybrid multicloud environment. And our world-class partner ecosystem provides full technical integrations with AI leaders, channel partners and systems integrators, software and hardware providers, and cloud partners to put together smart, powerful, trusted AI solutions that help achieve your business goals.

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AI success through integration

We help accelerate your journey to AI with a smart data fabric that makes the right data available in the right place at the right cost. Seamlessly integrate on-premises and with cloud for auto-tiering or experimentation. Utilize Kubernetes and Trident to orchestrate and automate so data scientists can focus on science instead of IT.

Simplified data pipeline

Build an integrated data pipeline with a single management platform powered by NetApp® ONTAP® data management software that spans edge, core, and cloud.

Complete cloud data services

Easily incorporate the industry’s most complete cloud data services, such as NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service, to make data-driven decisions faster.

Automated data tiering

Automatically move inactive data to low-cost object storage tiers, such as Amazon S3 or NetApp® StorageGRID® solutions, using FabricPool technology.

AI success through performance

Confidently tap into growing data sources with virtually unlimited, non-disruptive scalability and performance. Utilize a powerful unified data platform to feed, train, and operate data-hungry AI, ML, and DL applications. Dramatically reduce the time it takes to get from data to insights, actions, and outcomes.

Training workloads complete faster

Gain a speed advantage with powerful NetApp® cloud-connected all-flash storage systems. Get more than 2GBps of sustained throughput (5GBps peak) with well under 1ms of latency, while the GPUs operate at over 95% utilization. 

Simplify data management   

With the NetApp DataOps Toolkit you can copy a 10 TB dataset in 2 seconds vs. up to 17 hours and have up to 90% reduction in storage space. 

Future-proof infrastructure

Protect your investment with virtually unlimited scalability. Support seamless, cost-effective movement of data across on-premises and cloud environments. Nondisruptively integrate newer technologies.

AI success through trust

Rely on industry-leading data protection, compliance, and security no matter where your data resides—or where it moves. With NetApp you can rest assured your data fabric is always protected from edge to core to cloud.

A trusted partner

Choose the 25+ year leader in NFS who has a proven track record in converged infrastructure (FlexPod solutions), a broad artificial intelligence (AI) partner ecosystem, and 24/7 worldwide services and support.

Unified data pipeline 

Depend on a unified data platform to support a multitude of data formats 

Your data always protected

Integrated data protection and compliance protect your data no matter where it resides or where it moves.

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Ask our AI solution specialists your question

Sometimes you just want to get your specific questions answered, fast. So we’ve opened a direct access channel to our AI solution specialists. This channel does not route to or through sales--when you’re ready to talk, they’ll be standing by. But right now, we want to help you get on the fast track to solving your challenges.

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Fighting chronic diseases with data

Learn how doctors at Hannover Medical School use data-driven diagnostics on NetApp for faster and better detection and treatment of chronic diseases.

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Using AI for world-changing innovation

Cambridge Consultants, the leader in technology-based consulting, partnered with NetApp and NVIDIA to bring deep learning to organizations worldwide.

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Australia's Consultel Cloud leverages NetApp® HCI to shatter expectations of cloud economics and accelerate customers' ability to expand into new business opportunities.

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NetApp technology that drives AI success

Our vast product portfolio allows you to tailor your choices based on your AI infrastructure requirements. NetApp AI solutions are based on the following key building blocks:

NetApp ONTAP software

ONTAP software enables AI and deep learning both on premises and in the hybrid cloud.

NetApp AFF all-flash systems

AFF all-flash systems accelerate AI and deep learning workloads and remove performance bottlenecks.

NetApp AI Control Plane

A full-stack solution to manage data and experiments across a hybrid cloud.

Cloud Volumes

Cloud Volumes can be used to rapidly prototype new projects and provide the ability to move AI data to and from the cloud.

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Accelerate your AI journey with NetApp

AI has moved beyond the realm of concept into real-world application, representing your next great opportunity to stay competitive, drive growth, and cut costs.

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There couldn’t be a better time than right now for your digital transformation. And the smartest move you can make is to join forces with NetApp today for training, support, and services.


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