Exponential-e has teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new Render-as-a-Service (RaaS) platform for the VFX industry.

The service, which is in beta, will combine Exponential-e’s 100 gig-Ethernet network with the Microsoft Azure platform to deliver hybrid render services. London-based VFX studio Jellyfish is already using the service.

“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,” said Exponential-e managing director Mukesh Bavisi.

“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. The service is managed as one environment via a single self-service pane of glass.”

“Render-as-a-Service will alleviate the key pain point for businesses that utilise render processing across the globe.

“Marrying our network with the Microsoft Azure cloud means greater rendering efficiencies than ever before, and provides us with the opportunity to take this solution to new sectors. By alleviating a key challenge in rendering, our customers can instead focus on driving innovation in an increasingly competitive landscape.”