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Utilizing AI Ep. 14: Three Reasons AI is Getting Real

AI, machine learning, and neural networks are not new ideas. So what has changed now? Over the last 5-6 years, advances in software, hardware, and scale have brought machine learning to the forefront, enabling new products and technologies.

In this episode, Bob Friday, CTO of Mist, a Juniper Company, discusses the changes that have enabled his company and others to bring AI to the enterprise.

We focus on five key questions:

  • When did you start to see that AI was going to be a major force in the enterprise networking world?
  • How have Google and other companies enabled AI through advances in open source software?
  • How about hardware? There have been many advances over the last decade, from GP-GPUs to faster and lower-latency networking in storage.
  • How has this enabled AI?
  • How are large neural networks enabling AI in the enterprise?

This Episode Features:

Bob Friday, CTO of Mist, a Juniper Company. Find bob on Twitter at @WirelessBob.

Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Gestalt IT and Organizer of Tech Field Day. Find Stephen’s writing at and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

Andy Thurai, technology influencer and thought leader. Find Andy’s content at and on Twitter at @AndyThurai.

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About the author

Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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