Microsoft To Use NVIDIA GRID 2.0 Virtualized GPU Tech With Azure
Microsoft has decided to deploy Nvidia’s latest GRID 2.0 virtualized graphics technology to offer graphics-intensive applications and accelerated computing capabilities to customers worldwide through its Azure cloud platform.
The software giant will use its new N-Series virtual machine offerings to deliver the capabilities, which makes Azure the first cloud-computing platform to provide access to Nvidia GRID 2.0 for enterprise customers.
“Our vision is to deliver accelerated graphics and high performance computing to any connected device, regardless of location,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft Azure to give engineers, designers, content creators, researchers and other professionals the ability to visualize complex, data-intensive designs accurately from anywhere.”
Azure will also provide customers with supercomputing-class performance, by offering access to Nvidia Tesla Accelerated Computing Platforms, including the flagship Tesla K80 GPU accelerators.
Using Nvidia GRID 2.0 platform, Microsoft Azure will be able to host demanding applications from companies such as Autodesk, Esri and others via the cloud.
“As a leader in advanced visualization, NVIDIA GPUs were a clear choice for our new N-Series compute family,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure. “NVIDIA and Microsoft have a long history of enabling industry-wide innovation and we look forward to working with them to bring this revolutionary cloud experience to our customers.”