VMware said Tuesday that it has partnered with Nvidia to develop a new set of software tools aimed at businesses that want to develop artificial intelligence in their own data centers rather than in the cloud.

VMware is close to being acquired by Broadcom, the chip company that makes the software companies use to run their private data centers, in a $69 billion (nearly Rs 5,730 billion) deal. For more than two decades, VMware’s tools have been used by enterprises to distribute the computing power of central processing unit chips, the brains of traditional servers.

On Tuesday, the company unveiled a new set of tools designed to help manage Nvidia chips, which dominate the market for artificial intelligence systems that can read and write text like humans. For example, companies such as Microsoft are offering cloud-based systems that can read emails and chats from business teams and help generate brief updates on the team’s progress.

Enterprises are interested in everything from helping software developers write code faster to writing legal contracts faster, VMware Chief Executive Raghu Raghuram told Reuters. But when the data is sensitive, some VMware customers want to do the work in their own data centers.

“Imagine a common use case: I want it to read all my legal contracts so I can generate new contracts faster. Obviously, this is going to be very, very secret – you don’t want this data leaking anywhere, ’ said Raghuram.

VMware said the new tool will be available next year. The company declined to say how it will set its pricing, saying only that the cost will be based on the number of Nvidia chips customers manage with the software.

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