Google Cloud has been offering the Vertex AI model rental service for some time now, as well as the Generative AI model service since May. These services include both Google’s own models and models from other companies, and Google refers to this service as the Model Garden. In the recent Google Cloud Next ’23 event, Google announced the addition of several new partner models, including Meta Llama 2 and Anthropic Claude 2.
Meta Llama 2 supports adapter tuning and Reinforcement Learning with Human Feedback (RLHF), while Anthropic Claude 2 is developed by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Falcon, a research institute in the Arab Emirates.
Adding Llama 2 and Claude 2 to Google’s lineup of models gives Google Cloud’s services almost every well-known model, except for OpenAI’s models, which have an exclusive contract with Microsoft.
Google has confirmed that it will utilize three model approaches: Google’s own models, partner models (Claude 2), and open-source models (Llama 2, Falcon) to provide customers with the widest range of model options.
Furthermore, Google has also announced Vertex AI Extensions, which adds APIs for models to access data from external sources, such as an organization’s data repository or other real-time data sources. These extensions can be integrated with Google Cloud’s databases, such as BigQuery, AlloyDB, and partner databases like DataStax, MongoDB, and Redis.