The Importance of AI in the Enterprise and How to Build a Secure Multi-Cloud Network

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Rahul Phadke
Published August 30, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the way businesses operate. By automating tasks, improving decision-making, and generating new insights, AI can help enterprises boost efficiency, productivity, and profitability. However, this has put immense pressure on network and security teams who are grappling to enable the enterprise to reap these transformational benefits.

This blog post will discuss the importance of AI in the enterprise and how a secure multi-cloud network can help businesses adopt AI technology.

Why AI is Important for the Enterprise

AI can be used to automate a wide range of tasks in the enterprise, from customer service to fraud detection to supply chain optimization. AI can also be used to improve decision-making by providing businesses with insights into their data that would not be possible to obtain manually. In addition, AI can be used to generate new ideas and products that can help businesses stay ahead of the competition.

In the age of artificial intelligence, the demand for actionable insights derived from vast amounts of data has propelled the need for distributed data sources. These sources encompass the entirety of an enterprise's data, transcending the barriers of application-specific silos and diverse environments in which they reside. The synergy between AI and distributed data sources is pivotal, driven by the recognition that AI's potency hinges on the quality, accessibility, and interconnectedness of data.

The Need for a Secure Multi-Cloud Network

A fundamental requirement for effective AI implementation is high bandwidth and low latency connectivity to ensure that AI applications can swiftly and seamlessly process data. The ability to extract real-time insights and predictions from data streams necessitates a responsive network infrastructure that minimizes bottlenecks and delays. Additionally, the landscape of AI is perpetually evolving, and environments housing AI applications and models undergo frequent changes. Distributed data sources must exhibit flexibility and adaptability, allowing seamless integration of new data streams and accommodating modifications to AI models as innovation progresses.

However, the convergence of distributed data sources must not compromise security. AI systems are susceptible to a spectrum of targeted, sophisticated attacks, orchestrated by malicious actors aiming to exploit vulnerabilities in applications and APIs to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data. As AI-driven enterprises rely on comprehensive datasets, fortifications against these threats are essential to maintain data integrity and safeguard intellectual property.

Enter multi-cloud networking, a pivotal solution for connecting these diverse data sources and applications. Multi-cloud networking bridges the gaps between different cloud environments and on-premises infrastructure, fostering cohesive data access and distribution. The holistic approach of multi-cloud networking harmonizes the dispersed elements of the enterprise, enabling seamless data sharing, processing, and analysis. However, it's important to note that a transit-based solution (L3) only represents a partial solution. While it can establish connectivity, it falls short in addressing the complexities of data security, dynamic scaling, and optimized routing that a comprehensive solution should offer.

To effectively adopt AI, businesses need to have a secure multi-cloud network in place. This network must be able to:

  • Connect all of the enterprise's data silos, regardless of which application or environment they are located.
  • Provide high bandwidth and low latency to ensure that AI applications can process data quickly and efficiently.
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changes in the environment. AI as a technology is rapidly evolving, hence the environments where AI applications and AI models are located can constantly change.
  • Protect against a variety of targeted, perpetual, and sophisticated attacks leveraging actors such as bots looking to exploit vulnerabilities in apps and APIs to gain access to sensitive data.

How F5 Distributed Cloud Can Help

F5 Distributed Cloud is a SaaS-based, cloud-agnostic, secure multi-cloud networking and application management solution that can help businesses meet all of the requirements for adopting AI. F5 Distributed Cloud provides several services that are essential to building this secure multi-cloud network, including:

  • F5 Distributed Cloud Network Connect to help build a cloud agnostic, private, and secure network fabric that can connect all of the enterprise's data silos, regardless of where they are located.
  • F5 Global Backbone provides multi-TBps of bandwidth and low latency with dense peering with public cloud, SaaS applications and the public internet to ensure that AI applications can process data quickly and efficiently.
  • F5 Distributed Cloud App Connect to help connect applications and APIs anywhere by discovering apps in an environment and then delivering it securely to any other environment enabling true service networking without requiring opening network connectivity and then configuring network firewall rules. Helping create a flexible and adaptable architecture that can easily support the needs of the business.
  • F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP to provide 360-degree protection against any threat for applications and APIs in a consistent, ridiculously simple fashion no matter where your applications are delivered.
  • F5 Distributed Cloud Platform to enable seamless collaboration between NetOps, DevOps and SecOps teams to connect > deliver > secure and operate networks, applications, and APIs across the secure multi-cloud network fabric via central policy management and end-to-end visibility with self-service and automation capabilities. Allowing you to onboard your networks and applications fast and troubleshoot them faster.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a transformational technology that is rapidly changing the way businesses operate. As a result, enterprises that fail to adopt AI will be at a competitive disadvantage. Hence, it is paramount that network and security operators stay ahead of the curve and truly enable their enterprise to adopt AI technologies. F5 Distributed Cloud can help build a secure multi-cloud network to enable businesses adopting AI.