Amazon has announced the general availability of Bedrock, its service that provides a wide range of generative AI models through an API, allowing AWS customers to develop customized applications. Bedrock empowers brands and developers to create AI “agents” capable of automating tasks like travel booking, inventory management, and insurance claims processing. The offering includes both Amazon’s own generative AI models and those from third-party partners.
In the coming weeks, Bedrock will welcome the addition of Llama 2, an open source large language model by Meta, to join other models from AI21 Labs, Anthropic, Cohere, and Stability AI. While Amazon claims Bedrock to be the first fully managed generative AI service providing Llama 2, it should be noted that other cloud-hosted AI platforms, such as Google’s Vertex AI, have already offered access to Llama 2 for some time.
Comparable to Vertex AI, Bedrock sets itself apart by seamlessly integrating with existing AWS services, offering advantages like secure connections through AWS PrivateLink to a company’s virtual private cloud. However, the superiority of this advantage is subjective and dependent on the customer’s specific cloud infrastructure.
Amazon’s VP of data and AI at AWS, Swami Sivasubramanian, emphasizes that the increasing availability of data, scalable compute power, and advancements in machine learning have led to a surge of interest in generative AI. The launch of Bedrock is a significant milestone, democratizing generative AI and making it accessible to businesses of all sizes and their employees, from developers to data analysts.
In related news, Amazon has also introduced its Titan Embeddings model, a first-party model that converts text into numerical representations called embeddings. This model supports around 25 languages and can process chunks of text up to 8,192 tokens in length, similar to OpenAI’s latest embeddings model.
Although Bedrock faced initial challenges with limited access for cloud customers, including a vague press release and one testimonial, Amazon’s recent investments in AI startup Anthropic and today’s announcements demonstrate their commitment to making a splash in the lucrative generative AI market.