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IBM and Partnership Aims to Accelerate Adoption of AI in the Enterprise


IBM (NYSE: IBM) and today announced a strategic global partnership focused on combining IBM POWER Systems and H2O Driverless AI to address the AI demands of the enterprise. This joint solution is ideal for financial services, retail, manufacturing, IoT and healthcare industries. has selected IBM POWER Systems as a strategic partner for Driverless AI because of their leading-edge capabilities designed specifically for AI workloads. By partnering with, IBM further expands its ecosystem for enabling businesses to harness AI for competitive gain.

Through the multi-year agreement, IBM and customers can now:

  • Use Driverless AI on IBM POWER Systems to accelerate machine learning insights by up to 5X on IBM POWER9 processor-based Power Systems
  • Deploy the joint solution to leverage GPU-accelerated machine learning on IBM POWER Systems to gain insights and transform their business
  • Take advantage of IBM’s easy on-ramp deep learning toolkit, PowerAI, with H2O Driverless AI’s automated machine learning capabilities

“ is a leader in the 2018 Gartner Machine Learning and Data Science Platforms and has built a strong ecosystem and reputation amongst enterprise customers for our innovations in AI and commitment to the open source AI community,” said Sri Ambati, CEO and founder of “H2O’s Driverless AI on IBM POWER9 GPU-accelerated Systems brings the best of breed innovation in AI to customers.”

“IBM is the leader in AI for business and we are building an ecosystem of partnerships, like this one with, to constantly advance our position in the market,” said Sumit Gupta, VP of AI, Machine Learning and HPC at IBM Cognitive Systems. “As part of this ecosystem strategy, the powerful combination of IBM POWER Systems and’s Driverless AI give enterprises increased ability to apply machine learning to generate extensive value and competitive advantage from their troves of proprietary data.”

Today’s announcement builds on work IBM and have conducted with to integrate H2O open source libraries into IBM’s Data Science Experience analytics solution. Currently, customers can access the open source H2O Python modules, R Modules and H2O Flow, the notebook-style user interface to H2O, from within the Data Science Experience, for greater choice and flexibility.