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Dell Updates PowerScale to Address Customer Demand for an AI-Ready Infrastructure

Dell has updated PowerScale and PowerScale OneFS so companies can quickly prepare, train, fine-tune, and infer AI models. Dell’s collaboration with NVIDIA allows customers to use a validated combination of NVIDIA DGX systems, Dell PowerScale storage, NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand, and Spectrum Ethernet networking to achieve faster and more efficient AI storage.

Addressing customer demands for improved storage performance, Dell Technologies is boosting AI and GenAI performance with new data storage upgrades and NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD validation. The enhancements to PowerScale OneFS software enable companies to prepare, train, fine-tune, and infer AI models more quickly. With new PowerScale all-flash storage systems based on the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, customers will see up to 2X performance increase for streaming reads and writes.

Dell PowerScale, a scale-out file storage system, enhances AI and GenAI performance, while PowerScale OneFS software now provides faster AI model preparation and training. The latest PowerScale all-flash systems, built on Dell PowerEdge servers, offer up to double the performance for streaming reads and writes.

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD validated

PowerScale has introduced a smart scale-out feature, boosting single-computer node performance and GPU utilization, leading to quicker AI training and inferencing. Dell’s partnership with NVIDIA enables customers to combine NVIDIA DGX systems, Dell PowerScale storage, and NVIDIA networking for efficient AI storage. This makes Dell’s solution the first ethernet storage validated on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD.

With PowerScale validated for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, customers get a robust AI infrastructure solution, accelerating AI and GenAI projects with Dell’s leading network-attached storage.

Dell APEX File Storage for AWS and Azure

Dell is also addressing the 87 percent of companies using multicloud strategies, allowing data processing on-premises, at the edge, or in public clouds. Dell APEX File Storage for Microsoft Azure, part of Dell APEX Storage for Public Cloud, offers high-performance file management in Azure, ideal for AI and machine learning apps like Azure OpenAI Service and Azure AI Vision.

Dell APEX File Storage in AWS and Azure supports cloud-native AI and GenAI workflows with improved data access and movement. Dell’s partnership with Databricks offers flexibility in multicloud environments, letting customers use large language models and Databricks MosaicML libraries.

Lastly, Dell’s expanding data management ecosystem partnerships, including a planned data lakehouse integrating Starburst’s analytics with Dell servers and storage systems, aim to accelerate AI and analytics efforts, extracting insights from data across various locations.

Availability

  • The Dell PowerScale OneFS software enhancements will be globally available this month.
  • Next-generation all-flash Dell PowerScale systems and new smart scale-out feature will be globally available in the first half of 2024.
  • Dell PowerScale is being validated with NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, with expected completion in the first quarter of 2024.
  • Dell APEX for File Storage for Microsoft Azure will be globally available in the first half of 2024.
  • Dell APEX for File Storage integration with Databricks and MosaicML is available in AWS today and in Microsoft Azure in the first half of 2024.
  • The Dell open, modern data lakehouse solution will be globally available in the first half of 2024.

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Harold Fritts

I have been in the tech industry since IBM created Selectric. My background, though, is writing. So I decided to get out of the pre-sales biz and return to my roots, doing a bit of writing but still being involved in technology.

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