Innovation meets sustainability in the future of business
Sustainability meets innovation on demand, powered by data, artificial intelligence and edge-to-cloud capabilities, as companies seek transformation and agility in a fast-evolving business landscape
Never have companies been faced with such a rapidly changing operational environment where they must adapt at speed to survive and thrive. Even before the coronavirus pandemic upended the world, digital disruption was transforming the business landscape as we knew it. To succeed amid the sheer pace of change, organisations need to master the art of agility and innovation on demand.
Both agility and innovation are driven by data. However, enterprises have been overwhelmed by the huge volumes of data they’ve generated and collected over the last decade and have struggled to organise, analyse and create business value from it. To extract insights and execute digital transformation in an increasingly distributed business landscape, which has only been further accelerated by COVID-19, companies must be able to process and analyse data where it is created.
To support innovation on demand, leading enterprises are seeing the cloud as an experience rather than a destination. Yet while nearly every organisation has embraced the cloud in some way, most enterprise apps and data still reside in the datacentre. This means infrastructure must transform so the cloud, and intelligence, can be brought nearer to where the data is generated or collected among customers, partners and employees working from distributed locations, otherwise known as the “edge”.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is crucial to transforming exponentially growing data into insight, action and value. HPE, the edge-to-cloud platform as-a-service company, powers workloads in the datacentre or at the edge, delivering cloud services to the data, wherever it is, with one consistent operating model and with visibility and governance of all apps and data. It partners closely with NVIDIA, the global leader in AI, to unlock value from IT estates and help companies achieve the promise of innovation on demand.
Companies are increasingly realising the significant synergies between innovation on demand and achieving their business and sustainability goals. Truly sustainable technology not only powers core business objectives and delivers substantial cost-savings, but also helps fuel circularity, reduce carbon emissions and even find vital cures for diseases. Through such solutions, organisations can grow their business and optimise their operations, while driving society towards a more sustainable future.
HPE and NVIDIA partnered to provide the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) with agile technology that accelerates cancer research and treatments through innovation on demand. Each day, NKI’s researchers consume more than 100 terabytes of data, which was previously analysed on local machines under their desks, a time-consuming, expensive task. Having upgraded to a software-defined infrastructure, using HPE servers and NVIDIA virtual graphics processing units (GPUs), healthcare professionals can spend more time with patients, while researchers use the same platform to run the intense workloads they need.
Through collaborations with research centres using its HPC and AI solutions, HPE has aided complex COVID-19 research, which has helped accelerate drug and vaccine discovery. In addition, researchers around the world are using NVIDIA’s scientific computing platform to fight the pandemic, from detection and containment to mitigation and treatment, monitoring and tracking.
NVIDIA is also leading the way in improving computing energy efficiency. Its GPUs are up to 42 times more efficient than CPU (central processing unit) servers for AI workloads, and its GPU-accelerated datacentres take up just 4 per cent the space of non-accelerated datacentres. Meanwhile, HPE recently received the Gold Class distinction from S&P Global for its sustainability performance.
“Accelerated computing is the most energy-efficient approach to solving large-scale AI challenges and all our new datacentres will be fully sourced from renewable energy,” says Rod Evans, NVIDIA’s Europe, Middle East and Africa director of HPC and AI.
Nitu Kaushal, General Manager, Compute, Edge, Internet of Things & Digital Solutions at HPE, adds: “We take a complete life-cycle approach with our partners, bringing together financial, environmental and technology needs to advance the way people live and work.”
Learn more about how HPE and NVIDIA are transforming business at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, April 12-16, 2021 hpe.com/events/gtc
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