You might not have noticed it, but artificial intelligence technology is making a huge impact on enterprise IT infrastructure and applications. Right now, most enterprise support and telemetry systems are using machine learning to assess measurements and logs and make useful predictions. Soon we’ll see more supporting infrastructure and platforms for deployment of applications, as well as higher-level software to support the business. And we’re already hearing infrastructure companies talk about the impact of their new CPUs, GPUs, ASICs, FPGAs, and so on. In the longer term, AI will be present throughout the enterprise IT stack, acting as a “co-pilot” for everything we do!
AI isn’t just a new technology coming into the enterprise, it’s already here. Most of the companies presenting at Tech Field Day already have AI built into their products, and this was evident at AI Field Day in November. One of the most common uses of AI is to sort through metrics to highlight important or actionable events. Others are using ML models to assist customer support, processing metrics from all of their customers to surface support issues. All of this is happening right now, though companies might not realize that they are using AI!
A common refrain from the Utilizing AI podcast is the fact that AI isn’t replacing people, it’s allowing us to do more than we ever could. For example, a network intrusion detection system can collect more data than ever before thanks to machine learning, which can do more processing quicker than ever before. AI is truly becoming a “co-pilot” for enterprise IT staff.
The next rising trend is the deployment of AI in the business, and this poses a massive challenge for today’s IT staff. Machine learning applications require new infrastructure capabilities, from massive data lakes, high-performance storage, specialized processors like GPU and FPGA, and more. We need to prepare for this by deploying supporting platforms for AI applications like feature stores and Kubernetes connectors. Enterprise staff should be looking toward this new wave because business people will be demanding it in the future!