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Apr 9, 2024

Bare Metal vs. Public Cloud: Peak Performance for AI Applications

Paul Painter, Director, Solutions Engineering

The ever-evolving landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) demands a robust hosting infrastructure to guarantee peak performance, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. While the public cloud offers undeniable flexibility, bare metal hosting from providers like HorizonIQ provides distinct advantages tailored specifically for the demanding nature of AI applications. 

Let’s delve into the key benefits of hosting AI workloads on bare metal compared to the public cloud.

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Unparalleled Performance and Low Latency

AI applications, especially those involving deep learning and high-throughput computing, require exceptional responsiveness and minimal delays.  Bare metal hosting offers dedicated hardware resources, bypassing the virtualization layer that can introduce overhead. This translates to:

Superior computational power: Dedicated resources ensure faster processing and reduced inference times.

Enhanced model training efficiency: Eliminate bottlenecks for faster model development and training cycles.

Improved overall application performance: Critical for real-time AI applications like autonomous vehicles, financial trading algorithms, large language models (LLMs), and healthcare diagnostics.

Tailored Infrastructure for Demanding Workloads

Bare metal hosting offers unparalleled control and customization over the hardware and software stack.  AI developers can fine-tune the infrastructure to their specific models’ needs, optimizing resource utilization for accelerated compute tasks. This level of control is particularly beneficial for:

Complex AI workloads: Fine-tune hardware configurations for specialized needs.

Low-level optimizations: Unrestricted access empowers researchers and data scientists to push the boundaries of innovation.

Prioritizing Data Privacy and Security

Data privacy and security are paramount for AI applications handling sensitive information. Bare metal hosting allows organizations to:

Maintain complete control over data: Minimize the risk of exposure or unauthorized access inherent in multi-tenant public cloud environments.

Ensure regulatory compliance: Meet industry standards and instill confidence regarding data integrity and confidentiality.

Cost-Efficiency for Predictable Workloads

While the public cloud offers scalability and pay-as-you-go models, bare metal hosting can be more cost-effective in specific scenarios. Here’s why:

Eliminate virtualization overhead: Reduce costs associated with hypervisor licensing, instance sizing, and resource contention.

Predictable pricing: Flat, predictable pricing from HorizonIQ avoids variable costs associated with public cloud usage.

Optimized cost-performance ratio: Organizations with consistent or high-performance workloads benefit from long-term cost savings.

Navigating Compliance and Regulatory Requirements

Certain industries face stringent data privacy, sovereignty, access, and auditing regulations. Bare metal hosting offers greater flexibility in adhering to these mandates, making it an attractive option for AI applications in highly regulated sectors like finance, healthcare, and government.

Choosing the Right Infrastructure for AI Success

While the public cloud offers convenience, bare metal provides distinct advantages for performance-critical AI workloads. By carefully evaluating factors like data privacy, regulatory compliance, and workload demands, organizations can make informed decisions about the hosting solution that aligns best with their AI objectives, leading to success in the era of AI-powered innovation.

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May 24, 2018

How Artificial Intelligence Is Solving Your Business Needs

Paul Painter, Director, Solutions Engineering

When you hear artificial intelligence (AI), it’s easy to start thinking about Skynet or R2-D2. Or that episode of The Simpsons where the robots at Itchy and Scratchy Land run amok.

But these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

The fact is, AI is very real and very applicable to today’s increasingly demanding business and personal world. The sky’s the limit: AI assists in everything from spam filtering to flying airplanes. Using advanced algorithms, it determines the fare for your late-night Uber ride home or allows you to tell Alexa to order that pizza you know you deserve!

So, how does AI really work? Here are a few questions answered about artificial intelligence and some examples of industries that are using the technology well today.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Neural networking or cognitive computing are other commonly used terms to describe AI technology. Both define what is essentially the same thing: advanced computing using algorithmic patterns for various purposes and applications.

Cognitive computing enables neural networking and expert systems through advanced learning and data mining processes. Mimicking the human brain, the system will gather data and information and adapt to accomplish a set of tasks.

What Applications Does Artificial Intelligence Have?

AI is inherently designed to solve complex problems or needs that humans may not be able to effectively address.

We are increasingly seeing cognitive computing influencing many areas of everyday life. With everything ranging from personal assistants, security analyses and adaptation to sales automation, the uses are nearly endless. Consider IBM’s Watson, a cloud-based data analysis platform, or Salesforce’s Einstein, a CRM automation tool. Both are AI platforms based in cognitive computing and designed to make your life a lot easier.

One area the technology is really transforming is healthcare. AI offers the ability to efficiently sort, analyze, catalog and apply complex data sets. This helps medical professionals and practitioners conduct further research in addition to diagnosing disease. The idea of being able to provide informative evidence-based solutions to patients has driven many to further AI development in this industry.

Other great examples of AI advancements can be found in the gaming and software industries. For more than a decade, certain games have incorporated options to play against “bots”—artificial players that contain advanced techniques and protocols. This is another example of cognitive computing being able to predict, learn and anticipate situations and problems. While the concept isn’t new, each year, we’re seeing developers advance the technology.

How You Can Use Artificial Intelligence to Manage Your Infrastructure

With the wide variety of possible AI applications, it stands to reason that artificial intelligence can also benefit your IT infrastructure. Having a program that can learn and adapt to different situations while managing and monitoring aspects of your systems would be invaluable.

Imagine the man-hours saved when it comes to managing cloud architecture, reducing OPEX or mitigating a sudden DDoS attack.

With so many potential applications, we will definitely be keeping our eyes on further innovations in artificial intelligence technology.

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