Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS)

What is Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS)?

Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) is the third-party offering of artificial intelligence (AI) outsourcing. AIaaS allows individuals and companies to experiment with AI for various purposes without large initial investment and with lower risk. Experimentation can allow the sampling of multiple public cloud platforms to test different machine learning algorithms.

Different AI provider platforms offer a number of styles of machine learning and AI. These variations can be more or less suited to an organization's AI needs since organizations need to evaluate features and pricing to see what works for them. Cloud AI service providers can offer the specialized hardware needed for some AI tasks, like GPU-based processing for intensive workloads. Purchasing the required hardware and software to start an on-premises cloud AI is costly. Add in staffing and maintenance costs, as well as needed hardware changes for different tasks, and AIaaS becomes cost prohibitive to many organizations.

AI cloud offerings, including Amazon Machine Learning, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Google Cloud Machine Learning, can help organizations learn what might be possible with their data. Having the opportunity to try the algorithms and services of different providers can allow businesses to find what works and allows for scaling before committing. When something is found that scales to requirements, the resources of these large providers are there to back up the needed scaling with compute capacity.

This was last updated in November 2022

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