Dell Technologies, NVIDIA, and VMware are offering enterprises a new way forward with the launch of a new solution to democratize and unlock AI across the enterprise. This new Dell Technologies Validated Design for AI is jointly engineered and validated to help organizations capitalize on the benefits of virtualization for AI workloads. The Dell Validated Design for Virtualizing GPUs for AI with VMware and NVIDIA includes the latest version of VMware vSphere and VMware Tanzu combined with the NVIDIA AI Enterprise suite on Dell PowerEdge servers and VxRail Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). The design also includes Dell PowerScale storage, which provides the necessary analytics performance and concurrency at scale to consistently feed the most data hungry AI algorithms.
This design guide presents guidelines for implementing an AI platform at enterprise scale based on the results produced in the Dell Technologies HPC & AI Innovation Lab. Our lab setup included servers, storage, and networking from Dell Technologies, virtualization software from VMware, and acceleration, networking, and software from NVIDIA configured with the combined best practices from all three partners. This design guide describes the recommended configurations, network topologies, deployment guidelines, and observed performance.
Using the information in this design guide, experienced VMware professionals can use their existing skills to deploy and operate a full-featured platform to support advanced AI use cases quickly.
Note: The contents of this document are valid for the described software and hardware versions. For information about updated configurations for newer software and hardware versions, contact your Dell Technologies sales representative.
This design guide is intended for solution architects, system administrators, and others who are interested in developing AI applications on virtualized platforms.