It's time to unleash progress: breaking through the boundaries for limitless innovation


By Howard Fyffe, Managing Director, VAST Data A/NZ
Wednesday, 03 January, 2024


It's time to unleash progress: breaking through the boundaries for limitless innovation

AI has emerged as a transformative force poised to shatter the confines of human potential, ushering in an era of limitless innovation.

Throughout the course of human history, remarkable achievements, from the invention of the wheel and lifesaving medical discoveries to the invention of the internet, have been as a direct result of human ingenuity. The marvel of nature that is the human brain boasts incredible capacity for intricate thought and creativity. However, it operates within a strict set of limits, both in terms of storage capacity and processing speed.

It is our insatiable thirst for knowledge and technological advancement that propels humanity forward and it is clear that AI is the catalyst for the next phase of human progress. This progress must not be shackled by limitations of storage and capacity. So, we must fully embrace the potential of AI.

Some suggest we’re on the precipice of human-level AI, or a machine, or network of machines, capable of carrying out the same range of tasks as humans.

This notion becomes less science fiction and more science day by day.

The ability of AI to process and analyse vast volumes of data at speeds far beyond human capabilities, the potential for gaining valuable insights and solving complex problems is boundless. AI is more than just a tool; it is the key to unlocking humanity’s most profound challenges. However, we must provide it with the resources it needs to flourish.

Recent projections suggest the global AI market is set to reach around AU$800 billion by 2024, with that growth projected to continue to around AU$2.4 trillion by 2030. Running alongside this are projections the global data centre market will skyrocket, growing 18% between 2024 and 2032.

Hence, the worldwide demand for AI is being met with major investment in data centre space. Australia is rising to the occasion, with recent reports revealing 183,000 m2 of additional data centre space is under construction across the country. Singapore, South Africa, Vietnam, Brazil and others are joining to answer the call.

While these developments are promising, simply replicating existing solutions isn’t going to sufficiently satiate AI’s ever-growing appetite for data. Deep learning is rapidly advancing; however, it’s relying on tools and technologies designed in a soon-to-be bygone era, a dramatic mismatch with the expectations placed on AI in 2023.

The next frontier of AI infrastructure

Storage has always been complicated. For decades, organisations have been contending with a complex pyramid of technologies and architectures that force a trade-off between performance and capacity. But storage of data is just the beginning.

To pave the way for unbridled innovation, comprehensive data platforms are needed. Data platforms that integrate all essential components required for AI’s success. These platforms should be underpinned by a limitless, tierless storage architecture specifically tailored for the unique demands of AI.

The lynchpin of AI’s potential lies in designing and configuring the right storage structure. Meticulous planning is needed to ensure that storage can accommodate and optimise AI’s ever-expanding data and computational requirements.

By consolidating and unifying infrastructure within a scalable system purpose-built for AI, organisations can effortlessly store, catalogue and process structured and unstructured data from across the globe, regardless of scale. This platform must encompass the ability for data to be federated globally so that models have access to and can learn from the entire fountain of knowledge within an organisation.

To turn every organisation into a data-driven powerhouse with a focus on AI, it’s essential to make infrastructure for storing vast datasets and running data-driven algorithms accessible to all. By doing so, we can shift authority and capacity from the few currently controlling valuable data, to democratise AI and its potential.

The human brain has taken us far, but it’s time to recognise AI as the key to pushing the boundaries of human potential further. We must herald in the new AI era by ensuring it’s not confined by archaic infrastructure. The combination of human creativity and AI’s processing power has the potential to unlock new frontiers of innovation, as long as it’s given the tools and space to thrive.

Image credit: iStock.com/aislan13

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