Cloud rendering makes it quick and easy to create great renders. But what is it, and how does it work? Chaos Cloud Product Specialist Vladimir Dragoev explains.
Cloud computing has quietly powered some of the biggest revolutions in computing in the past decade or so. By offloading tasks to data centers, businesses and individuals can tap into potentially unlimited computing power quickly and cheaply. Cloud computing powers everything from simple emails to enormous scientific projects — and it’s ideally suited for rendering, too.
First launched in 2018, Chaos Cloud takes the complexity out of cloud rendering. In this article, Product Specialist Vladimir Dragoev pulls back the curtain on Chaos Cloud.
How it started
Why, and for whom, did we build Chaos Cloud? As the evolution of cloud computing democratized access to powerful hardware options, it allowed people to achieve even more in their industry faster, without having to worry about computing hardware and infrastructure. This allowed for compute-intensive tasks, such as collaboration and sharing of tasks to be offloaded to cloud providers, putting new tools in the hands of users and helping them take on even more tasks and challenges.
In some cases, such as 3D rendering, it allows users to visualize their ideas in the best possible way and take on tasks which would be impossible locally. Chaos Cloud was started as an on-premises, physical solution that could be installed at Chaos clients’ offices, because, at the time, there weren’t enough public cloud hardware options with the performance for such cloud rendering services.
Gradually, better remote options appeared and we started working with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), which is a great match for Chaos Cloud as it constantly evolves. Today, Chaos Cloud renders are achieved with the help of a public cloud service (GCP) and specialist software that uploads and manages renders, built by Chaos Cloud.
The cloud is all around us
Cloud computing tasks are already a seamless and important part of our daily life and work. For example we can start with emails, instant communication, through to creating documents, and reach more intensive tasks such as streaming videos and even interactive gaming in ultra-high-definition. It’s hard to imagine life without it.