VMware Announces Plethora of AI Offerings to Support Generative AI Adoption

VMware, Inc. is launching new Private AI offerings to drive enterprise adoption of generative artificial intelligence and tap into the value of trusted data. The announcement was made at VMware Explore 2023.

Private AI is an architectural approach that unlocks the business gains from AI with the practical privacy and compliance needs of an organization, according to the company.

To make Private AI a reality for enterprises and fuel a new wave of AI-enabled applications, VMware announced:

  • VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA, extending the companies’ strategic partnership to ready enterprises that run VMware’s cloud infrastructure for the next era of generative AI.
  • VMware Private AI Reference Architecture for Open Source to help customers achieve their desired AI outcomes by supporting best-in-class open source software (OSS) technologies today and in the future.

VMware Private AI is bringing compute capacity and AI models to where enterprise data is created, processed, and consumed, whether that is in a public cloud, enterprise data center, or at the edge.

According to the company, with these new offerings, VMware is helping customers combine the flexibility and control required to power a new generation of AI-enabled applications that will help dramatically increase worker productivity, ignite transformation across major business functions, and drive economic impact.

A multi-cloud environment is the foundation for this new class of AI-powered applications because it makes private yet highly distributed data easier to harness. VMware’s multi-cloud approach provides enterprises with greater choice and flexibility where AI models are built, customized with an enterprise’s private data, and consumed, while still enabling required security and resiliency across any environment.

“The remarkable potential of generative AI cannot be unlocked unless enterprises are able to maintain the privacy of their data and minimize IP risk while training, customizing, and serving their AI models,” said Raghu Raghuram, CEO, VMware. “With VMware Private AI, we are empowering our customers to tap into their trusted data so they can build and run AI models quickly and more securely in their multi-cloud environment.”

VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA, comprised of a set of integrated AI tools, will empower enterprises to run proven models trained on their private data in a cost-efficient manner and will enable these models to be deployed in data centers, on leading public clouds, and at the edge.

VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA will integrate VMware’s Private AI architecture, built on VMware Cloud Foundation, with NVIDIA AI Enterprise software and accelerated computing.

According to the company, the turnkey offering will provide customers with the accelerated computing infrastructure and cloud infrastructure software they need to customize models and run generative AI applications, including intelligent chatbots, assistants, search, and summarization. VMware Private AI Foundation with NVIDIA will be supported by Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Lenovo.

VMware Private AI Reference Architecture for Open Source integrates innovative OSS technologies to deliver an open reference architecture for building and serving OSS models on top of VMware Cloud Foundation.

In addition, VMware is announcing a new VMware AI Ready program, which will connect ISVs with tools and resources needed to validate and certify their products on VMware Private AI Reference Architecture.

The program will be available to ISVs focused on ML and LLM Ops, data and feature engineering, developer tools for AI, and embedded AI applications. This new program is expected to be live by the end of 2023.

The company is also introducing Intelligent Assist, a family of generative AI-based solutions trained on VMware’s proprietary data to simplify and automate all aspects of enterprise IT in a multi-cloud era.

The Intelligent Assist features will be seamless extensions of the investments enterprises have made in VMware Cross-Cloud Services and will be built upon VMware Private AI.

VMware products with Intelligent Assist are expected to include:

  • VMware Tanzu with Intelligent Assist (Tech Preview) will address the challenges of multi-cloud visibility and configuration by allowing users to conversationally request and refine changes to their enterprise’s cloud infrastructure.
  • Workspace ONE with Intelligent Assist (Tech Preview) will empower users to create high-quality scripts using natural language prompts for a faster and more efficient script writing experience.
  • NSX+ with Intelligent Assist (Tech Preview) will allow security analysts to determine the relevance of security findings quickly and more accurately and effectively remediate threats.

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