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Two-Thirds of European Enterprises are Actively Using or Testing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Today

24 June 2020

Interxion Finds More Than Two-Thirds of European Enterprises are Actively Using or Testing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Today

While AI Infrastructure Approaches Vary Across Industries, Optimisation is Critical

AMSTERDAM - 24 June, 2020 - Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services and a Digital Realty company, today announced the findings of its survey, Artificial Intelligence in Europe, which reveals that nearly two-thirds of enterprises (61.7%) are actively leveraging or testing AI today. Further, while the AI infrastructure approaches vary from industry to industry, it’s still critical for enterprises to optimise their environments for more seamless deployments.

This survey polled 2,100 IT decision makers from organisations across eight countries across Europe: in Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.

A look at the next two years makes it clear that enterprise roadmaps for AI deployment are already quite concrete. By 2022, 32.5% of enterprises intend to use AI for an initial application while another 18.1% expect to use it in various fields. In addition, around one-third (31.1%) expect to be testing AI in their companies.

“As we continue to shift toward an increasingly digital society, the appetite for AI is growing,” said Giuliano Di Vitantonio, chief marketing and strategy officer at Interxion, a Digital Realty company. “By automating processes, delivering new strategic insights, accelerating innovation and improving customer experiences, AI has started to revolutionise industries, and European businesses are starting to adopt it. As AI use becomes more pervasive, ensuring that the infrastructure is also evolving to properly support the applications will be crucial to future success.”

The survey revealed that infrastructure requirements for implementing AI vary from one industry to another. For example, European companies in the financial, energy and healthcare sectors are focusing much more on in-house solutions or cooperation with regional providers (40.6%), while the manufacturing industry (41.6%) is tapping major public cloud providers.

However, while approaches vary between industry, it’s clear that within the enterprise, optimising infrastructure is critical. Decision makers are seeking infrastructure solutions that help them overcome the top bottlenecks they’re facing, including incalculable costs , AI-optimised IT equipment and experienced personnel. Colocation facilities like those that Interxion provides, offer enterprises the ability to manage costs while also delivering the powerful infrastructure needed to deploy AI at scale.

“In order to enable massive amounts of processing power necessary for computing and training models at scale, enterprise AI-at-scale requires state-of-the-art facilities with high-density compute infrastructure as well as the associated power and cooling capabilities. Most of today’s enterprises aren’t capable of building this on their own and public cloud, as we saw in these findings, is not always the optimum environment,” continued Di Vitantonio. “To make up for the lack of these resources, enterprises can leverage third-party colocation data centres like Interxion, that have experience with AI to help close the gaps.”

For more details please visit Interxion’s Artificial Intelligence in Europe report here.

The Artificial Intelligence in Europe survey was conducted by the research institute Research in Action in January and February 2020. All respondents were from organisations with between 5,000 and 50,000 employees.

 

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About Interxion

Interxion, a Digital Realty company, is a leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through more than 50 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 700 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.

 

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) supports the data centre, colocation, and interconnection strategies of customers across the Americas, EMEA and APAC, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

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