Today, OTOY, Mozilla and Autodesk announced their new cloud platform that utilizes Amazon?s AWS powered by Nvdia GRID to enable in-browser 3D rendering.

This is achieved through a partnership between many of these companies. The core of this is enabled by HTML5 browsers that utilize Autodesk?s software on conjunction with the ORBX.js streaming technology developed by OTOY, Autodesk and Mozilla. Using this codec on Amazon?s AWS servers powered by Nvidias GRID for AWS enables users to be able to deliver high-performance games and windows applications to the open web using HTML5 and Javascript.
ORBX.js is a pure JavaScript framework developed in partnership with Mozilla and Autodesk to make the open web the de-facto standard for consuming high-performance cloud graphics. ORBX.js enables state of the art 1080p60 cloud streaming to all HTML5 browsers, without the use of plug-ins, browser-specific video codecs, thin client-installations or native code dependencies.

In addition to the platform for AWS users, OTOY has announced the Octane Cloud Workstation ? Autodesk Edition which allows for people to use Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya and many other Autodesk applications from any HTML5 browser anywhere in the world. This results in a zero-client like environment where the user doesn?t download any software or any updates to the device they are using and are able to simply start working within the application and get results faster.

At the same time as OTOY is launching their new technology into Amazon?s AWS, OTOY is also deploying ‘OctaneCloud’ on otoy.com. OctaneCloud is designed to be a consumer friendly cloud service primarily built on Amazon?s AWS that gives end users their own high-end Windows PC in the cloud for as little as $9.99 per month. The service is built on top of OTOY’s OctaneCloud Workstation AMIs and is fully licensed to run Microsoft Windows software in the cloud, including Microsoft Office 2013.

This last announcement is potentially a huge one because it would enable people to keep and carry ultralight devices and to grab the horsepower from OTOY?s cloud service when they need it. It could theoretically mean that you wouldn?t need to keep a bulky laptop for Photoshop or Premiere Pro and that an Ultrabook with a decent internet connection could easily suffice. We will be working with OTOY to evaluate this platform and see how it stacks up against our in-house workstations, servers, and gaming PCs.

All of this piggy backs on yesterday?s announcement that Google?s former CEO Eric Schmidt will be joining OTOY?s board of advisors, which could mean a lot for the company in terms of exposure in the technology industry and possibly even their relationship with Google. Personally, I think that this has been a huge week for OTOY and I?m really interested to see how today?s announcements develop in the coming months with more and more companies moving towards cloud services and trying to lighten their capital expenditures.