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The Next Wave of Computing: NVIDIA and Microsoft Collaborate on Powerful Enterprise Resources

By Alex Passett
March 22, 2023

I typically don’t introduce a slice of the news with statements chock-full of industry buzzwords and phrases just for the sake of it, but today’s a bit of a different case. A recent announcement – and a substantial one, at that – is making headlines, and it involves NVIDIA, Microsoft, the metaverse, Omniverse, artificial intelligence, and the cloud.

Suffice it to say, there’s a lot to cover here. I’ll deliver the condensed long-story-short of it as best I can.

This week, multinational, multi-pronged technology company NVIDIA announced its official project with Microsoft to provide hundreds of millions (no exaggeration there) of enterprise users with access to powerful industrial metaverse and AI supercomputing resources, all via the cloud.

Microsoft Azure is set to host two new cloud offerings from NVIDIA:

First, NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud, the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for instant access to a full-stack environment in order to develop, deploy and manage industrial metaverse applications.

Second, NVIDIA DGX Cloud, the AI supercomputing service (accessible via browser) that provides enterprises with access to the infrastructure and software necessary to train advanced generative AI models. (Essentially, this is a multi-node AI-training-as-a-service solution.)

Additionally, NVIDIA and Microsoft are bringing together a mash-up of productivity and 3D collaboration platforms by connecting Microsoft 365 applications (e.g. Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive) with NVIDIA Omniverse.

As NVIDIA’s founder and CEO Jensen Huang wisely pointed out, some of the world’s largest companies “are racing to digitalize every aspect of their business operations and reinvent themselves into software-defined, technologies-first companies,” he said.

It seems NVIDIA is supercharging this industrial digitalization. “Building our NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud within Microsoft Azure,” Huang continued, “brings customers the absolute best of our combined capabilities.”

Satya Nadella, executive chairman and CEO of Microsoft, is on the same wavelength as Huang.

“The next wave of computing is being born as we speak,” said Nadella. “Between next-gen immersive experiences and advanced foundational AI models, we’re seeing the emergence of a new computing platform. And together with NVIDIA, we can focus on both building out services that bridge digital and physical worlds, and bringing the most powerful AI supercomputer to customers globally.”

NVIDIA Omniverse, connected to Azure Cloud Services Digital Twins and other IoT applications, will also allow companies to link real-time data from sensors found in physical spaces to their digital replicas. The opportunities are virtually endless.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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