So check this out, Dell is really jumping on the whole Generative AI bandwagon. They’re expanding their portfolio to offer more options for customizing enterprise AI models. And you know what? It’s not just a coincidence. Dell is straight-up admitting that they’re making bank because of all the corporate interest in AI. Their vice chairman and chief operating officer, Jeff Clarke, said that “artificial intelligence is a strong tailwind for all things data and compute.” That’s some smart business right there.
But wait, there’s more! Dell is also stepping up their game with professional services. They’re teaming up with data analytics outfit Starburst to access multiple data sources for AI models. It’s all about giving their customers the tools they need to succeed in the AI game.
So get this, Dell rolled out their first Generative AI lineup a couple of months ago, but it was mostly focused on inferencing using existing models. But now, they’re looking to expand their offerings to cover other stages in the AI pipeline. They want to get into model customization and tuning, which makes a ton of sense.
Now let’s talk about the challenges.
Dell says there’s actually a lot of hesitancy among enterprise customers when it comes to adopting Generative AI. And you know what’s holding them back? Technical complexity, security concerns, and worries about data governance. It’s not an easy game to play.
Plus, those pre-trained models that are available might not be a perfect fit for every customer’s specific needs. So there’s often some tweaking that needs to be done to make them work. Carol Wilder, Dell VP for cross portfolio software and solutions, said that “due to the complexity and the necessary customization that enterprises need to do with the data, many find that they need to rapidly expand beyond pre-trained models with their corporate data, creating requirements to customize large language models (LLMS).” That’s a mouthful, but it’s so true.
But fear not, my friends. Dell has got a solution. They’re introducing the Dell Validated Design for Generative AI: Model Customization. This bad boy supports both model tuning and inferencing, so users can deploy GenAI models more quickly. It’s all about streamlining the process and making it easier for businesses to get in on the AI action.
This new offering will be available later this year through traditional channels and Dell’s APEX IT as-a-service arrangement. It’s a managed platform that runs on Dell hardware, like the PowerEdge XE9680. You can configure that bad boy with up to eight Nvidia H100 GPUs. Plus, it comes with Dell storage and Nvidia’s AI Enterprise suite and NeMo framework for large language models (LLMs). Dell’s got you covered.
Oh, and on top of all that, they’re expanding their professional services. They’re offering Data Preparation Services to clean up customer data and get it in the right format for AI projects. They’ve got Implementation Services to help companies set up their GenAI platform for inferencing and model customization. And they’re even providing Education Services to make sure workers have the skills they need to succeed in the world of GenAI. It’s a full package deal.
According to Carol Wilder, they’re all about working with customers to develop a strategy and define the vision and solution architecture. They want to understand the use cases and models that businesses are looking for and make it happen. They’re