Jeff Clarke, Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies grows generative AI capabilities

Seeks to refine AI strategy development, data preparation and more
Jeff Clarke, Dell Technologies

12 October 2023

Dell Technologies expands its Dell Generative AI Solutions portfolio, helping businesses transform how they work along every step of their generative AI journeys.

“To maximise AI efforts and support workloads across public clouds, on-premises environments and at the edge, companies need a robust data foundation with the right infrastructure, software and services,” said Jeff Boudreau, chief AI officer, Dell Technologies (pictured). “That’s what we are building with our expanded validated designs, professional services, modern data lakehouse and the world’s broadest GenAI [generative AI] solutions portfolio.”

The Dell Validated Design for Generative AI with Nvidia for Model Customization offers pre-trained models that extract intelligence from data without building models from scratch.  




This solution provides best practices for customising and fine-tuning GenAI models based on desired outcomes while keeping information secure and on-premises.

Dell Validated Designs for generative AI now support both model tuning and inferencing, allowing users to more quickly deploy models with proven infrastructure including the Dell PowerEdge XE9680, the industry’s best performing AI server, or the Dell PowerEdge XE8640, with a choice of Nvidia Tensor Core GPUs and Nvidia AI Enterprise software, which offers frameworks, pre-trained models and development tools, such as the Nvidia NeMo framework, and Dell software. By combining compute power with storage options, such as Dell PowerScale and Dell ObjectScale, customers can rapidly feed models with multiple storage data types with the validated design. The infrastructure is also available as a subscription via Dell Apex.

Preparing data, people and processes

Dell is applying its process and expertise to help customers generate better, faster business results with expanded generative AI professional services capabilities:

  • Data Preparation Services provide customers with a clean, accurate data set in the right format enabling AI projects to move smoothly while simplifying data integration and delivering quality data output.
  • Dell Implementation Services establish an operational generative AI platform for inferencing and model customisation, accelerating time to value. Paired with Dell Managed Services, Dell can operate the full Nvidia-based generative AI solution, improving operational efficiency and allowing customers to focus on building their proprietary use cases.
  • Education Services help customers gain the critical skills to close the generative AI skills gap.

Modernising data infrastructure for AI and analytics

Dell is also strengthening its relationship with Starburst to help customers accelerate AI and analytics efforts. This will culminate with an open, modern data lakehouse solution.

The solution will integrate Starburst’s analytics software with Dell’s PowerEdge compute platform, combined with Dell industry-leading storage, helping customers extract insights from data wherever it resides. Built with open software principles, customers will gain easy and secure access to multicloud data to get the most value for analytics and AI-driven workflows and deployments. 

“Our customers have made it clearthey need a robust data platform for accessing distributed data across multicloud environments to drive and operationalise AI efforts,” said Justin Borgman, CEO, Starburst. “By integrating our deep analytics capabilities with Dell’s leading infrastructure and global enterprise services, we can offer customers an open, multicloud data lakehouse solutionthat quickly and easily makes data available to AI workflows anywhere.”

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