IBM's Watson AI now available on any cloud: 3 notes

IBM has made its artificial intelligence service, dubbed Watson, available on any cloud environment, the company announced Feb. 12.

Three notes:

1. Watson comprises applications, development tools, models and management services designed to help organizations apply AI to improve their business processes. Using Watson, organizations can mine data, predict outcomes and automate tasks, among other capabilities.

2. Now, organizations can build, deploy and run Watson's services across any environment, including on premise or through a private, public or hybrid cloud. This means organizations can apply AI to data wherever it is hosted.

3. IBM said it decided to expand Watson's availability to prevent "vendor lock-in."

"Businesses have largely been limited to experimenting with AI in siloes due to the limitations caused by cloud provider lock-in of their data," Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Data and AI, said in a news release. "With most large organizations storing data across hybrid cloud environments, they need the freedom and choice to apply AI to their data wherever it is stored."

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