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Oracle launches cloud infrastructure GenAI service in ANZ

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Oracle has launched its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Generative AI service in Australia and New Zealand.

The offering is a fully managed service that allows businesses to integrate Cohere and Meta Llama 2 large language models (LLMs) into their applications via an API.

The service now supports over 100 languages, an improved GPU cluster management experience and fine-tuning options.

It can be used in the Oracle Cloud and on-premises via OCI Dedicated Region.

“Organisations across Australia and New Zealand are increasingly looking towards leveraging AI to create new efficiencies. However, knowing where to start can be a complex task,” Oracle’s ANZ MD Stephen Bovis said.

“Oracle is committed to making it easier for enterprises to take advantage of the latest advancements in generative AI.”

“By seamlessly incorporating AI throughout every layer of our technology stack we are connecting directly with our customers’ business value, making the adoption of AI even more accessible and straightforward.”

OCI generative AI agents in beta

Oracle announced it is working on improvements to the OCI Generative AI service that will allow businesses to refine Cohere and Meta Llama 2 using their own data.

Now in beta, the OCI Generative AI Agents service with a Retrieval Augmented Generation agent combines LLMs and OCI OpenSearch to provide contextualised results enhanced with enterprise data.

This enables users to converse with diverse enterprise data sources through natural language without the need for specialist skills.

The information retrieved is current — even with dynamic data stores — and the results are provided with references to the original source data.

Upcoming releases will support a wider range of data search and aggregation tools and provide access to Oracle Database 23c with AI Vector Search and MySQL HeatWave with Vector Store.

Oracle will also deliver prebuilt agent-actions across its SaaS applications, including Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite, Oracle NetSuite and industry applications such as Oracle Health.

Database portfolio GenAI enhancements

Oracle is also adding generative AI capabilities to its database portfolio.

Autonomous Database Select AI allows businesses to develop apps by combining their private data with generative AI.

The capabilities of OCI Data Science are also being expanded to help businesses train, deploy and manage LLMs with open source libraries such as Hugging Face’s Transformers or PyTorch,

The new OCI Data Science AI Quick Actions feature, which will be in beta in March 2024, enables no-code access to a variety of open-source LLMs including Meta or Mistral AI.

“Oracle’s AI focus is on solving real-world business use cases to enable widespread adoption in the enterprise,” Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s senior VP of AI and data management Greg Pavlik said.

“To do this, we are embedding AI across all layers of the technology stack by integrating generative AI into our applications and converged database, and offering new LLMs and managed services — all supported by a fast and cost-effective AI infrastructure.”

“Instead of providing a tool kit that requires assembling, we are offering a powerful suite of pre-built generative AI services and features that work together to help customers solve business problems smarter and faster.”

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