AI infrastructure solutions from IBM: Compelling offerings for your clients

By | 2 minute read | December 20, 2018

IBM Power Systems and IBM Power AI

Enterprises across a wide variety of industries continue to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) strategies in order to gain competitive advantage. However, because each organization is solving a unique business challenge with unique data for its particular industry, it means that there is no one-size-fits-all AI solution. For this reason, IBM continues to design and deliver innovative, purpose-built AI infrastructure solutions that you can deliver to help clients and prospects achieve their IT goals.

A great example of how IBM supports innovation was recently highlighted when IBM Storage published a reference architecturewith NVIDIA, in response to recent activities by storage competitors. For your storage clients, IBM Spectrum Scale with NVIDIA DGX can accelerate data science productivity, enabling them to optimize their entire data pipeline and drive the fastest path to insights.

PowerAI: IBM Power Systems servers with IBM ESS storage
While we are excited about the new reference architecture, it’s only one of the compelling options for your clients. It’s important to note that IBM has a lead-with offer for enterprise AI infrastructureIBM Power Systems servers with IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) storage, driven by the PowerAI deep learning software suite. IBM Power Systems AC922 servers offer the fastest way to deploy accelerated databases and deep learning frameworks, with enterprise-class support. We published the IBM Systems AI Reference Architecture in June, and the combined solution is offered as the IBM Power Accelerated Compute Platform (ACP).

Both of the above options from IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage are best-of-breed AI solutions with the advantage of a truly integrated, well-supported end-to-end offering that no one in the industry can match. Together, IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage are the foundation of the #1 and #2 supercomputers in the world, and these technologies power many of the world’s largest enterprises.
Let’s dive in to understand more about these two solutions:

  • IBM Power Systems AC922 is the only GPU-accelerated server in the market that provides the true bandwidth, the low latency and the supported software stack for demanding AI workloads. The complete ecosystem of AI, machine learning and deep learning is available in the IBM PowerAI family of software technologies running on AC922, providing a complete end-to-end solution.
  • IBM Spectrum Scale on ESS is an integral part of our go-to-market in high-performance computing (HPC) and AI. ESS ranks among our fastest-growing storage offerings, with adoption in practically every market segment. IBM Spectrum Scale software supports IBM Power, x86 Linux and Windows. IBM Storage reference architectures extend the IBM Storage market opportunity.

What’s next?
IBM Storage recently tested IBM Spectrum Scale on NVMe arrays built with IBM’s own FlashCore Modules—the same FlashCore Modules used in the IBM FlashSystem 9100 and IBM Storwize V7000 gen 3. By demonstrating leading throughput on NVMe, IBM Storage can help neutralize the market position of competing offerings. When the NVMe solution GAs in mid-2019, it will be part of the IBM Storage portfolio, along with ESS systems using IBM POWER9.

We believe that the best choice for our clients’ AI environments is IBM Power SystemsIBM PowerAI software and IBM Storage. Let your clients know about the added value this portfolio brings to fully exploit AI, unleash business insights and drive value in a competitive market.

Sam Werner
VP, SDI and Storage Software, IBM

Sumit Gupta
VP, AI and HPC Offering Management