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Exponential-e Leverages Microsoft Azure For Render-As-A-Service Offering

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

You’ve heard of a Software as a Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and even Desktop as a Service (DaaS), but how about Render as a Service – RaaS?

Exponential-e, the company with the semi-redundant name (assuming that "e" is the mathematical one), is an English cloud and network provider that offers many of the usual -aaS offerings. The company announced that it would be working with Microsoft to leverage the Microsoft Azure platform to also deliver a cloud-based rendering service.

“Rendering is a resource intensive workload ideally suited to Azure’s enterprise-grade, hyper-scale infrastructure,” said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Corp.

Designed for industries with the need for high-resolution or complicated 3-D modeling, such as architecture, manufacturing and research, the Render as a Service platform takes advantage of the enormous computing potential of Microsoft Azure and delivers it across Exponential-e’s wholly-owned 100-gigabit Ethernet network, or via private or hybrid local area networks.

“Due to steadily rising image resolutions, rendering is requiring more and more computing horsepower. Also the limitations of power, space and cooling for in-house render farms means they are increasingly more expensive and complex to run,” explained Mukesh Bavisi, Managing Director at Exponential-e. “Exponential-e’s unique collaboration with Microsoft Azure solves the headache of restricted resource on maxed out internal render nodes. It provides an on-demand, scalable solution that enables seamless hybrid integration of on premise resource privately connected to the raw compute power.”

Often, initiatives need only lower-level rendering throughout the course of the project, which is easily handled on existing hardware. However, higher-end rendering may be needed at certain times, or for special projects. The point-and-click RaaS solution allows organizations to turn on the capability to handle high-end, high-graphical, 3D rending workloads without having to invest in an on-site rendering infrastructure that may sit dormant for long periods of time.

The RaaS platform is currently in beta testing. The company did not give a date for when the project might be released to the public.