Data center technology moves in cycles. In the current cycle, standard compute servers have largely replaced specialized infrastructure. This holds true in both the enterprise and the public cloud.
Although this standardization has had tremendous benefits, enabling infrastructure and applications to be deployed more quickly and efficiently, the latest computing challenges threaten the status quo. There are clear signs that a new technology cycle is beginning. New computing and data management technology are needed to address a variety of workloads that the “canonical architecture” has difficulty with.
NetApp and NVIDIA share a complementary vision for modernizing both the data center and the cloud. We’re using GPU and data acceleration technologies to address emerging computing workloads like AI, along with many other compute-intensive and HPC workloads, including genomics, ray tracing, analytics, databases, and seismic processing and interpretation. Software libraries and other tools offer support to teams moving applications from CPUs to GPUs; RAPIDS is one recent example that applies to data science.
Santosh Rao is a Senior Technical Director and leads the AI & Data Engineering Full Stack Platform at NetApp. In this role, he is responsible for the technology architecture, execution and overall NetApp AI business. Santosh previously led the Data ONTAP technology innovation agenda for workloads and solutions ranging from NoSQL, big data, virtualization, enterprise apps and other 2nd and 3rd platform workloads. He has held a number of roles within NetApp and led the original ground up development of clustered ONTAP SAN for NetApp as well as a number of follow-on ONTAP SAN products for data migration, mobility, protection, virtualization, SLO management, app integration and all-flash SAN. Prior to joining NetApp, Santosh was a Master Technologist for HP and led the development of a number of storage and operating system technologies for HP, including development of their early generation products for a variety of storage and OS technologies.