Network Support for AI

Is your network ready to handle AI processing and data? Here are some points to consider.

Mary E. Shacklett, President of Transworld Data

May 17, 2024

1 Min Read
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AI (artificial intelligence) processing and data payloads differ substantially from what they are in traditional network workflows. What changes do you need to consider to get your network ready for support of AI applications?

This is the "front-and-center" question facing enterprise network professionals because AI is coming.

At the end of 2023, 35% of companies were using some kind of artificial intelligence, but the majority of organizations using it were resource-rich tech companies. As other companies begin to deploy AI, new investments and revisions to network architecture will have to be made.

Historically, network staffs didn't have to know much about applications except for how much data they were sending from point to point and what the speeds and volumes of transactions were. This changed somewhat with the introduction of more unstructured "big" data into network traffic, but the adjustment to big data for video, analytics, etc., still wasn't a major disruption to network plans.

AI will change all that—and it will require network staff to learn more about the AI application and system side.

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About the Author(s)

Mary E. Shacklett

President of Transworld Data

Mary E. Shacklett is an internationally recognized technology commentator and President of Transworld Data, a marketing and technology services firm. Prior to founding her own company, she was Vice President of Product Research and Software Development for Summit Information Systems, a computer software company; and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Technology at FSI International, a multinational manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.

Mary has business experience in Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. She has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Southern California, where she taught for several years. She is listed in Who's Who Worldwide and in Who's Who in the Computer Industry.

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