Lenovo Joins NVIDIA Early Access Program to Further Expand Application Coverage of NVIDIA BlueField DPU-Based VMware Hybrid Cloud

NVIDIA recently announced that it will expand its cooperation with Lenovo and work with Lenovo to provide early access program support for the Monterey project. The Monterey project aims to make full use of NVIDIA® BlueField® data processors to create a secure, high-performance modern enterprise data center.

Announced at VMworld 2020 by VMware in partnership with NVIDIA and ecosystem partners, Project Monterey aims to improve the performance, manageability and security of enterprise data centers through the latest networking technologies, including NVIDIA BlueField DPUs. BlueField DPU is specially designed for AI and accelerated computing, and realizes application delivery of various scales by offloading, accelerating and isolating data center applications.

NVIDIA, Lenovo, and VMware are working together to promote the evolution of data center, cloud, and edge architectures toward software-defined and hardware-accelerated architectures to meet the needs of modern applications such as AI and machine learning. Through the Early Access Program, enterprises can early explore applications supporting VMware’s pre-configured clusters, accelerated by BlueField-equipped servers such as Lenovo ThinkAgile VX and ThinkSystem Ready-Nodes.

“AI is transforming the data center, driving the need for new applications and architectures,” said JusTIn Boitano, vice president and general manager of enterprise and edge computing at NVIDIA. “Partnering with Lenovo on Project Monterey’s early access program is a critical step that will help businesses Reap the benefits of AI transformation while addressing security and performance challenges.”

Kamran Amini, vice president of Lenovo’s infrastructure solutions business group and general manager of servers, storage and software-defined solutions, said: “Lenovo and NVIDIA’s collaboration in the Monterey Project Early Access Program will help drive foundational solutions toward DPU-accelerated advanced data centers. A direction shift in architecture. The software-defined, hardware-accelerated modern data center is further enhanced by the high performance and security delivered by NVIDIA BlueField DPUs.”

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