GPU manufacturer Nvidia has announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide hundreds of millions of the Windows company enterprise users with access to powerful industrial metaverse as well as AI supercomputing resources via the cloud.
Microsoft Azure will host two new cloud offerings from Nvidia Omniverse Cloud, the first is a platform-as-a-service giving instant access to a full-stack environment to design, develop, deploy and manage industrial metaverse applications.
And another will be on Nvidia DGX Cloud, an AI supercomputing service that gives enterprises immediate access to the infrastructure and software needed to train advanced models for generative AI and other groundbreaking applications.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia said, “The world’s largest companies are racing to digitalise every aspect of their business and reinvent themselves into software-defined technology companies. Nvidia AI and Omniverse supercharge industrial digitalisation. Building Nvidia Omniverse Cloud within Microsoft Azure brings customers the best of our combined capabilities.”
Building the industrial metaverse
Both companies are also bringing together their productivity and 3D collaboration platforms by connecting Microsoft 365 applications — such as Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint — with Nvidia Omniverse.
The partnership will also accelerate enterprises’ ability to digitise their operations, engage in the industrial metaverse and train advanced models for generative AI and other applications.
“The next wave of computing is being born, between next-generation immersive experiences and advanced foundational AI models, we see the emergence of a new computing platform,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO of Microsoft. “Together with Nvidia, we’re focused on both building out services that bridge the digital and physical worlds to automate, simulate and predict every business process, and bringing the most powerful AI supercomputer to customers globally.”
With Omniverse connected to Azure Cloud Services Digital Twins and the Internet of Things, companies can link real-time data from sensors in the physical world to their digital replicas. This will enable enterprises to build and operate more accurate, dynamic, fully functional 3D digital twins that automatically respond to changes in their physical environments.
Azure provides the cloud infrastructure and capabilities needed to deploy enterprise services at scale, including security, identity and storage.
Omniverse Cloud is powered by Nvidia OVX computing systems and will be available on Azure in the second half of the year.
DGX Cloud will be available running in Azure starting next quarter, providing enterprises with dedicated clusters of Nvidia DGX AI supercomputing and software, rented on a monthly basis.