Dell EMC Launches AI-Targeted Ready Solutions

By Doug Black

August 8, 2018

On Tuesday, Dell EMC announced Ready Solutions for AI, a technology stack intended to simplify AI and relieve organizations the drudgery of sourcing and piecing together their own solutions. Instead, Dell EMC offers a set of technologies – including AI frameworks and libraries – with compute, networking and storage, along with Dell EMC consulting and deployment services. Built for deep learning workloads, Ready Solutions for AI was co-engineered by Dell EMC and Nvidia and built around Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

Features include:

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd and C4140 servers with four Nvidia Tesla V100‑SXM2 Tensor Core GPUs.
  • Dell EMC Isilon F800 All-Flash Scale-out NAS storage for deep learning for analyzing large datasets concurrently.

Ready Solutions for AI also includes Machine Learning with Hadoop, built in partnership with Cloudera and Intel. It has a solution stack with data science and framework optimization designed to accelerate initial implementations and allow expansion of existing Hadoop environments for machine learning. Features include the Cloudera Data Science Workbench for “self-service data science,” the Apache Spark distributed data analytics engine and Dell EMC’s Data Science Provisioning Engine, which provides pre-configured containers giving data scientists access to the Intel BigDL distributed deep learning library on the Spark framework. The provisioning portal has a GUI for self-service access to hardware resources and a set of AI libraries and frameworks, such as Caffe and TensorFlow, reducing the steps required to configure a data scientist’s workspace to five clicks, according to Dell EMC.

“Organizations spend precious and costly time gathering, configuring, testing and troubleshooting machine learning environments for data scientists, at the expense of time delivering business insights,” said Bill Wagner, CEO of Bright Computing. “Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI, with Bright Cluster for Data Science, makes it easier to get machine learning environments up and running in a cluster-ready environment to automatically scale as demand for deep learning capacity grows.”

Dell EMC cited a report (commissioned by the company) from industry watcher Forrester Research concluding that, taken together, Ready Solutions for AI improves overall data science productivity up to 30 percent and reduces time-to-operations by 6-12 months, compared to do-it-yourself approaches to AI.

A version of this article first appeared on our sister site EnterpriseTech.

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