VMware and Nvidia has announced a broad partnership to deliver both an end-to-end enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data centre, cloud and edge that uses NVidia DPUs (data processing units) to support existing and next-generation applications.

Through this collaboration, the AI software available on the NVidia NGC hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Tanzu.

This will help accelerate AI adoption, enabling enterprises to extend existing infrastructure for AI, manage all applications with a single set of operations, and deploy AI-ready infrastructure where the data resides, across the data centre, cloud and edge.

Additionally, as part of Project Monterey, the companies will partner to deliver an architecture for the hybrid cloud based on SmartNIC technology, including NVidia’s programmable NVidia BlueField-2.

The combination of VMware Cloud Foundation and NVidia BlueField-2 will offer next-generation infrastructure that is purpose-built for the demands of AI, machine learning, high-throughput and data-centric apps.

It will also deliver expanded application acceleration beyond AI to all enterprise workloads and provide an extra layer of security through a new architecture that offloads critical data centre services from the CPU to SmartNICs and programmable DPUs.

“We are partnering with NVidia to bring AI to every enterprise; a true democratisation of one of the most powerful technologies,” says Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “We’re also collaborating to define a new architecture for the hybrid cloud – one purpose-built to support the needs and demands of the next generation of applications. Together, we’re positioned to help every enterprise accelerate their use of breakthrough applications to drive their business.”

Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, comments: “AI and machine learning have quickly expanded from research labs to data centres in companies across virtually every industry and geography.

“NVidia and VMware will help customers transform every enterprise data center into an accelerated AI supercomputer. NVidia DPUs will give companies the ability to build secure, programmable, software-defined data centers that can accelerate all enterprise applications at exceptional value.”