Intel launches Articul8, an independent enterprise generative AI company
- Intel has announced the establishment of Articul8 AI Inc. together with DigitalBridge.
- Articul8 is a generative AI enterprise software company focused on helping organizations solve the world’s toughest problems.
- Articul8’s generative AI software product is built from the ground up to accelerate adoption.
Investments in generative AI are pouring in and are expected only to increase in 2024. While there is increased demand for the technology, accessing it still remains a challenge for many organizations, especially with regulations clouding how they can actually use the technology.
While Open AI, Microsoft, Amazon and Google have announced huge plans to develop the technology in 2024, there have also been numerous startups entering the space, each offering their own unique capabilities. Nvidia has been dominating the supply of chips that are capable of ensuring the AI solutions work properly, but both AMD and Intel have announced the launch of their own chips, to take the fight to Nvidia’s market dominance.
Intel has now announced an additional step forward though. Realizing the potential of providing generative AI solutions directly to businesses, the company has established Articul8 AI Inc. together with DigitalBridge. Articul8 is an autonomous entity that offers enterprise clients a comprehensive, vertically optimized, and secure generative artificial intelligence software platform.
The platform ensures that AI capabilities, along with customer data, training, and inference, remain within the confines of the enterprise security perimeter. Additionally, customers have the flexibility to choose between cloud, on-premises, or hybrid deployment options.
Articul8 to promote generative AI adoption
Intel said that Articul8 originates from intellectual property (IP) and technology developed at Intel. Both companies will continue to align strategically on go-to-market initiatives, actively collaborating to promote generative AI adoption in the enterprise. Arun Subramaniyan, formerly vice president and general manager at Intel’s Data Center and AI Group, has taken on the role of CEO at Articul8.
DigitalBridge Ventures, the venture arm of DigitalBridge, led the investment in Articul8. Intel, along with a consortium of established venture investors including Fin Capital, Mindset Ventures, Communitas Capital, GiantLeap Capital, GS Futures, and Zain Group, has secured an equity stake in the company.
“Every global enterprise today is challenged to integrate generative AI capabilities into their workflows. Articul8 has built a scalable and easy-to-deploy generative AI software platform that is already letting enterprises unlock value from their proprietary data. We see GenAI as a pivotal force driving digital infrastructure, and we are pleased to collaborate with Intel to support Articul8’s growth,” stated Marc Ganzi, DigitalBridge CEO.
A secure generative AI platform for enterprises
Articul8 aims to deliver a turnkey generative AI software platform that prioritizes speed, security, and cost-efficiency, which should help large enterprise clients to use and scale their use of generative AI. The platform was initially launched and optimized on Intel hardware architectures, including Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Gaudi accelerators, but is adaptable to various hybrid infrastructure alternatives.
After an initial deployment at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the platform has been expanded to serve enterprise customers in sectors that require heightened security and specialized domain knowledge, such as financial services, aerospace, semiconductors, and telecommunications.
“Generative AI is at the forefront of our clients’ business strategy and needs. Our collaboration began nearly two years ago while the venture was still in the incubation stage at Intel. Since then, we have deployed Articul8 products for multiple clients seeking production-ready platforms with rapid time to market,” commented Rich Lesser, global chair of BCG.
Features of Articul8
Articul8 claims to have less than 100 millisecond search latency, unlimited token usage and over a thousand concurrent users. Apart from that, it is able to deploy enterprise-grade generative AI applications orders of magnitude faster than alternative options in the market. This includes having production pilots ready in less than eight weeks.
At the same time, Articul8 costs three times less than consumption-based offerings. Its sustainable total cost of ownership with vertically integrated generative AI software is optimized for price performance, with predictable subscription license-based pricing.
Another feature is that the Articul8 generative AI platform can be deployed in multiple clouds and on-premises across a variety of accelerators, avoiding any vendor lock-in. Articul8 also has dedicated technical support from a team of generative AI experts, with continuous model and software updates.
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