Dell brings Project Helix partnership with NVIDIA live with three separate solution bundles

The new solutions involve a joint Generative AI validated design and Dell Professional Services in collaboration with NVIDIA, all of which are also available through channel partners.

Varun Chhabra,  SVP of Dell ISG and Telecom Marketing

Today Dell is launching three elements from its Project Helix partnership around Generative AI that was launched in the spring at Dell Technologies World. They are the Dell Validated Design for Generative AI with NVIDIA, Dell Professional Services for Generative AI, also in conjunction with NVIDIA, and new Dell Precision workstations with power-enabling NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada Generation GPUs and a new Dell Optimizer AI Software that learns and responds to the way people work.

“These announcements are all in the space of Generative AI,” said Varun Chhabra,  SVP of Dell ISG and Telecom Marketing. “It is clear in our conversations with customers that there is a unique sense of urgency in terms of adopting and trying out Generative AI.”

“In our recent survey of global decision markers, we found that 91% were already using it in some capacity.” A minority were using it just for personal use.

“71% were using it for work, but very cautiously at this point.”

Chhabra emphasized that where organizations should start on the Generative AI path is not always clear.

“What use cases should be prioritized? he asked. “How do you activate everyone in the organization? How do you minimize the risks of sharing company data on tools with mixed privacy records at best? We see ourselves as a trusted partner who can help customers with their Generative AI initiatives.”

Chhabra said that the announcements today essentially fall into three large buckets: Dell Validated Design for Generative AI with NVIDIA; Professional Services for Generative AI no matter where the customer is on their journey; and new Dell Precision Workstations, designed specifically to help empower end users like data scientists.

“Both the Validated Design and the Professional Services are co-delivered with NVIDIA,” Chhabra said. “This is the instantiation or Project Helix, which we announced earlier this year at Dell Technologies World. We are now taking the wraps off the project.”

Chhabra explained that a Generative AI blueprint actually is.

“It is a blueprint for customers that lets them understand and deliver the best of what Dell and NVIDIA have to offer in Generative AI in a packaged initiative,” he said. “It provides a flexible approach to customers no matter where they are in their AI journey. And if they want Dell or a channel partner to do it, they have the choice on that as well. The blueprint emphasizes flexibility and agility.

“Customers are looking to understand how to take Generative AI models and take them to scale for their business,” Chhabra added. “This first Generative AI model is about inferencing NVIDIA options, which include NVIDIA NeMO, the NVIDIA Triton server, Tensor Core GPUs and NVIDIA AI Enterprise software. It accelerates the model interference to provide the easiest way to get started, by using what is already in the market. It has also been pre-tested to get large language models up and running quickly.”

The Dell infrastructure includes the Dell PowerEdge XE9680 and PowerEdge R760xa.

“Professional services are an important part of this,” Chhabra said. “It is an end to end services catalogue that helps customers with their Generative AI journey, and includeds Data Governance, Automated Data Casting and Data Mesh.”

Dell offers full-stack implementation services, based on the Dell Validated Design for GenAI with NVIDIA, and adoption services that apply the platform to specific use cases, such as customer operations or content creation.

“The first step for the customer may be a workshop on where their vision should be,” Chhabra indicated. “The channel ecosystem can also resell these services.”

Finally, Dell is introducing Dell Precision workstations, with expanded NVIDIA GPU capabilities.

“A very important part of our Generative AI journey is end users,” Chhabra said. “Because we have such a large part of the Precision Workstation market, this provides an opportunity to help them with their Generative AI. Our workstations are a key part of their portfolio, which will also provide them with Generative AI options before deploying them at scale.”

Precision workstations have up to four NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada Generation GPUs in each one.

“With these capable of up to four NVIDIA  RTX GPUS, it will make them four times faster than the previous generation,” Chhabra noted. Built-in Dell Optimizer AI Software learns and responds to the way people work, improving performance across applications, network connectivity and audio. The latest feature allows mobile workstation users leveraging GenAI models to improve performance for the application in-use while minimizing impact to battery runtime.

“These announcements bring customers full end to end scope of our GenAI offerings,” Chhabra said. “This is just the start of what we believe will be a long journey with GenAI solutions.”

While only a few vendor partners were announced today, Chhabra said that they are coming.

“No one vendor will be able to provide value top to bottom,” he stated. “ISVs and service partners were not announced today , but we will work with those around specific needs. We are doing that now. We don’t have announcements today, but that is absolutely an important part of what we want to do going forward.”

The Dell Validated Design for Generative AI with NVIDIA is available globally through traditional channels and Dell APEX today.

Dell Professional Services for Generative AI are available starting in select countries now, and will expand.

Dell Precision workstations (7960 Tower, 7865 Tower, 5860 Tower) with NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada Generation GPUs will be available globally in early August.

Dell Optimizer adaptive workload will be available globally on select Precision mobile workstations on August 30.