You totally need VMs to do AI, nods VMware as Bitfusion dissolves in its vSphere of influence

Crusty old VMware is attempting to keep up with the youngsters by acquiring Bitfusion, a startup that claims to enable machine learning on any VM via the magic of network-attached GPUs.When the deal closes, this capability will be integrated into VMware's vSphere server virtualization platform.The exact terms of the pact were not disclosed – but Bitfusion has inhaled $8.3m in funding across two rounds since 2015, from investors including Samsung Ventures and Xilinx.

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