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Snowflake & Mistral AI enter partnership to democratise AI globally
Thu, 14th Mar 2024

Data Cloud provider, Snowflake, and Mistral AI, an European provider of AI solutions, have announced a multi-year partnership aimed at democratising AI by giving users the ability to create sophisticated applications globally. The collaboration brings Mistral AI's superior language models to Snowflake's Data Cloud customers.

The partnership highlights Snowflake's commitment to AI innovation, an initiative backed by its involvement in AI Alliance, which promotes open, safe, and responsible AI practices. The collaboration involves an investment in Mistral's Series A by Snowflake Ventures and spans several years.

The global partnership between Snowflake and Mistral AI aims to allow enterprises smooth access to large language models (LLMs) while safeguarding security, privacy, and governance of their most important asset–their data. This partnership follows the unveiling of Snowflake Cortex LLM Functions to the public and now makes it possible for users to easily and quickly build generative AI applications.

Through the newly established partnership, Snowflake customers gain access to Mistral AI's newest and most powerful LLM, Mistral Large, a model that has unique reasoning capacities and is proficient in code and mathematics in addition to fluency in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Furthermore, Snowflake clients can take advantage of Mixtral 8x7B, Mistral AI's open source model that outpaces OpenAI's GPT3.5 in speed and quality on most benchmarks.

Snowflake CEO, Sridhar Ramaswamy, said: "By partnering with Mistral AI, Snowflake is putting one of the most powerful LLMs on the market directly in the hands of our customers, empowering every user to build cutting-edge, AI-powered apps with simplicity and scale. With Snowflake as the trusted data foundation, we're transforming how enterprises harness the power of LLMs through Snowflake Cortex."

In addition to the practicability provided by the partnership, the deal also aligns with Mistral AI's ambition to democratise AI for every user. Says Arthur Mensch, CEO and co-founder of Mistral AI: "Mistral AI shares Snowflake's values for developing efficient, helpful, and trustworthy AI models that advance how organisations around the world tap into generative AI."

Alongside the extensive offering of LLMs with the Mistral AI partnership, Snowflake Cortex LLM Functions allow businesses to leverage AI with their enterprise data for a wide array of use cases. Aerodynamics tasks like sentiment analysis, translation, and summarisation are now possible to achieve in seconds for any user with SQL skills.

In its effort to democratise the benefits of AI, Snowflake recently joined the AI Alliance; an international community of developers, researchers, and organisations committed to promoting open, safe, and responsible AI. Its contribution to the AI Alliance will continue to openly address both the challenges and opportunities of generative AI.