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NetApp and NVIDIA: Deploy the Industry’s Leading AI Infrastructure, Your Way

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Mike McNamara
Mike McNamara

Continuing their efforts to make it easy for customers to adopt AI, NetApp and NVIDIA have announced general availability of Base Command Platform with NetApp in North America, support for NVIDIA Magnum IO GPUDirect Storage with NetApp® ONTAP® AI, and a commitment to bring NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD with NetApp EF-Series to market in calendar Q4 2021.

Figure 1) NetApp and NVIDIA partnership.

First announced with early access in May, NVIDIA Base Command Platform with NetApp is a world-class infrastructure solution for businesses and data scientists who need premium AI development without the struggle of building it themselves. It is now available for rent in monthly increments to North America customers who want a cloud-hosted AI development hub that gives them instant access to state-of-art AI infrastructure.

Base Command Platform with NetApp offers users a comprehensive cloud-based UI and a complete command line interface. Users can efficiently execute AI workloads with right-sized resources shared across teams, from a single GPU to a multinode cluster, with dataset management and flexible subscription storage services. All of this means that users can deliver production-ready models and AI applications faster while eliminating the overhead of systems management.

NVIDIA and NetApp also announced their commitment to support NetApp EF-Series AI with BeeGFS for use with NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD along with Base Command Manager, expected in Q4 2021. DGX SuperPOD is NVIDIA’s flagship large-scale AI infrastructure; it starts at 20 NVIDIA DGX A100 systems and scales to 140 systems.

NetApp helps industry leaders tailor their data fabric to accelerate their journey to AI. Only NetApp enables customers to integrate their data fabric across edge, core, and cloud. This ability streamlines the flow of data from ingestion and collection at the edge, to prep, training, and inference at the core, to analysis and tiering using the world’s biggest clouds.

Powered by NVIDIA DGX systems and NetApp cloud-connected all-flash storage, NetApp AI solutions help customers fully realize the promise of AI. To learn more, explore our ONTAP AI solution and Base Command Platform.

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior product and solution marketing leader at NetApp with over 25 years of data management and cloud storage marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over ten years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, Dell EMC, and HPE. Mike was a key team leader driving the launch of a first-party cloud storage offering and the industry’s first cloud-connected AI/ML solution (NetApp), unified scale-out and hybrid cloud storage system and software (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system and software (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON).

In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent event speaker. Mike also published a book through FriesenPress titled "Scale-Out Storage - The Next Frontier in Enterprise Data Management" and was listed as a top 50 B2B product marketer to watch by Kapos.

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