Dimension Data Signs AI Data Centre Partner Deal With NVIDIA
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Dimension Data Signs AI Data Centre Partner Deal With NVIDIA

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Tuesday, April 09, 2019

NVIDIA is rapidly becoming a major player in the data centre market and is now signing partnership deals globally to extend its reach in the growing AI/machine learning market.

Dimension Data has been awarded Preferred Partner status within the NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) Partner Network, with the MSP and system integrator using the accreditation to promote its ability to deliver artificial intelligence solutions in data centres.

The company will base those solutions on NVIDIA Graphic Processing Units (GPUs). Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data employs 28,000 people across 47 countries, and is part of the NTT Group.

“As our customers begin to adopt AI, the high-performance computing power required to perform complex analysis on large volumes of unstructured data is becoming more prevalent in our daily conversations,” said John Taylor, go-to-market leader for digital infrastructure at Dimension Data UK&I.

He said: “NVIDIA perfectly complements our existing ecosystem of data centre partners, which includes Cisco, Dell EMC and NetApp, and will enable us to design, deploy and manage data centre infrastructure solutions for the most demanding HPC and hyperscale workloads.”

Dimension Data already provides AI/machine learning data technology solutions to the organisers of the Tour de France.

“A significant investment in this technology will likely come from our clients in financial services, insurance and legal, who are already investigating how they can take advantage of AI and machine learning to innovate and create new services for their customers,” said Taylor.

Alan Rogers, enterprise partner business manager for NEMEA at NVIDIA, said: “Dimension Data’s technical expertise, combined with its data centre, networking and cybersecurity capabilities, make it a ‘go-to’ systems integrator for HPC and AI solutions.”

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched its DGX-Ready data centre programme with colocation partners to make the deployment of AI-based data centres less complex.

Last month, NVIDIA agreed a deal to acquire data centre interconnectivity systems player Mellanox for a total enterprise value of around $6.9bn, with both Microsoft and Intel having been interested in capturing the company.

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