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Intel debuts platform to transform AI applications at the edge

Intel debuts platform to transform AI applications at the edge

Intel introduced a new edge platform designed for enterprises, which is designed to optimize edge and AI applications on a large scale. Launched at MWC 2024, the company says this upgrade accelerates deployment speed and improves Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

According to Pallavi Mahajan, the Intel corporate VP and general manager of network and edge group software, this platform is crucial for supporting infrastructure, applications and efficient AI implementations on a large scale.

“Our modular platform is exactly that, driving optimal edge infrastructure performance and streamlining application management for enterprises, giving them both improved competitiveness and improved total cost of ownership,” adds Mahajan.

Intel notes that working at the edge comes with challenges. Edge computing is rapidly expanding due to the surge in data generation at the edge. Businesses are integrating AI into edge computing deployments to automate processes.

According to the company, automation at the edge enables pricing competitiveness, addresses labor shortages, fosters innovation, enhances efficiency, accelerates time to market and facilitates new service delivery.

Intel says its edge platform empowers enterprises with a modular, open platform for ready-made solutions across industries. Leveraging Intel’s technology, businesses can access in-demand edge use cases by purchasing complete solutions or building their own. Developers can create edge-native AI apps on new or existing infrastructure, managing end-to-end solutions for specific use cases, Intel adds.

The platform offers infrastructure management and AI app development capabilities for integration into current software stacks through open standards.

The platform’s edge infrastructure includes OpenVINO AI inference runtime for edge AI and secure IT and OT task automation. Intel’s OpenVINO assists developers in optimizing applications for low latency and power consumption at the edge, allowing efficient AI application deployment on existing hardware without costly upgrades, the company says.

Charles Ferland, the VP and GM of ThinkEdge and communication service providers, highlights the integrated solution’s benefits, emphasizing its native edge features for security, simplified provisioning and management and the industry expertise of Intel and Lenovo.

“With built-in OpenVINO runtime, it enables businesses to adapt edge and hybrid AI solutions across industry verticals – from finance to healthcare to smart cities and retail,” Ferland continues.

The platform also features a unified dashboard for IT and DevOps to securely provision and remotely manage edge nodes like servers, industrial controls and HMI devices, Intel notes.

Intel additionally notes that its edge platform is set to launch with industry partnerships from Amazon Web Services, Lenovo, L&T Technology Services, Red Hat, SAP, Vericast, Verizon Business and Wipro.

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