Databricks acquires MosaicML in $1.3bn deal to democratise generative AI


Databricks, a pioneering unified data and AI platform, has penned a definitive agreement to acquire MosaicML, a renowned GenAI platform.

The intention behind the acquisition, valued at an approximate $1.3bn, inclusive of retention packages, is to democratise access to generative AI for organisations globally.

Databricks’ main offering is its Lakehouse Platform, a unified data and AI platform that offers organisations a secure and efficient way to manage their valuable data. On the other hand, MosaicML is celebrated for its state-of-the-art large language models (LLMs) like MPT-7B and MPT-30B, which have collectively achieved over 3.3 million downloads. MosaicML’s models offer organisations an economical method to rapidly build and train their own state-of-the-art models using their data.

The collaboration between the two firms aims to enable every organisation to build, own and secure their own generative AI models with their own data. Notable MosaicML customers, including AI2 (Allen Institute for AI), Generally Intelligent, Hippocratic AI, Replit and Scatter Labs, have already harnessed MosaicML’s platform for a range of generative AI uses.

According to MosaicML, their automatic model training optimisation provides a 2x-7x faster training experience compared to standard approaches. Once combined with Databricks’ technology, this will allow multi-billion-parameter models to be trained in hours instead of days, and at thousands of dollars instead of millions.

Following the acquisition, MosaicML’s entire team, including its machine learning and neural network specialists, are expected to join Databricks. MosaicML’s platform will be integrated with Databricks’ technology over time to offer customers a seamless, unified platform for building, owning and securing their generative AI models.

Databricks CEO, Ali Ghodsi, said, “Every organisation should be able to benefit from the AI revolution with more control over how their data is used. Databricks and MosaicML have an incredible opportunity to democratise AI and make the Lakehouse the best place to build generative AI and LLMs.”

Echoing the sentiment, Naveen Rao, CEO of MosaicML, stated, “At MosaicML, we believe in a world where everyone is empowered to build and train their own models, imbued with their own opinions and viewpoints — and joining forces with Databricks will help us make that belief a reality.”

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