Dell Unveils Tools for Applying Generative AI To Private Data

For businesses looking for ways to securely use generative AI to gain more insights from their proprietary data, Dell Technologies has unveiled a few solutions.

Announced earlier this month, the new generative AI solutions from Dell aim to "maximize [businesses'] AI efforts and support workloads across public clouds, on-premises environments and at the edge," said Dell's chief AI officer Jeff Boudreau in a prepared statement.

One solution, now generally available, gives businesses access to prebuilt AI models that they can then customize for their purposes. Dubbed Dell Validated Design for Generative AI: Model Customization, the solution lets users keep their data private and on-premises. The AI models can be customized and tuned as their users require, and support inferencing as well as "a wide range of computational requirements and use cases, spanning training diffusion, transfer learning and prompt tuning."

Under the hood, says Dell, "[t]he reference architecture delivers a documented architecture for the Dell PowerEdge XE9680 and PowerEdge XE8640 servers -- all with a choice of NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs -- running NVIDIA AI Enterprise software, NVIDIA NeMo framework and Dell software." It also supports enough storage to let users apply AI to unstructured data and non-text datatypes.

Dell is also expanding its portfolio of professional services to include more generative AI applications. Available in late October in "select countries," the new professional services are as follows:

  • 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 GenAI platform for inferencing and model customization, accelerating time to value. Paired with Dell Managed Services, Dell can operate the full NVIDIA-based GenAI solution, improving operational efficiency and allowing customers to focus on building their proprietary GenAI use cases
  • Education Services help customers gain the critical skills to close the GenAI capabilities gap.

Finally, Dell is partnering with Starburst Data, a provider of data lake and data analysis solutions, for a multicloud data lakehouse solution that will launch sometime in the first half of 2024.

Per Dell's announcement, this joint offering with Starburst 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."

More information on Dell's generative AI products is available here

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