VMware and Nvidia are integrating the latter's artificial intelligence applications for unified management of apps, security and data processing unit accelerators.
The partnership secures Nvidia's role in hybrid clouds as VMware outlined an architecture that incorporates data processing units (DPUs) in the data center, cloud and edge. Specifically, AI software on Nvidia's NGC hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, Cloud Foundation and Tanzu.
Both companies said the bet was that the integration would be able to speed up AI adoption in enterprises.
Krish Prasad, general manager of VMware's cloud platform business, said "AI workloads no longer need any kind of specialized set up based on bare metal or specialized tools to run it."
VMware and Nvidia also said they will partner on Project Monterey to create an architecture based on SmartNIC technology and include Nvidia's programmable BlueField-2 DPU to support machine learning and data-focused apps.
Manuvir Das, head of enterprise computing at Nvidia, said:
There is a set of companies using AI a lot and at scale and they have differentiated themselves. Our belief is that we should make AI available to the broader set of companies so they can benefit from AI too. It doesn't matter what industry you're in, if you have access to AI you can make your product and customer experience better.
Under the partnership, the companies outlined the following integrations.