AWS Reinforces HPC Offerings with Nice Acquisition

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Although innovation is the primary way for a company’s growth in new areas, acquisitions help achieve it with combined expertise. Retailer of Web Services and Cloud Computing –Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently acquired Nice, a software company working on high performance and grid computer boosting. With this acquisition, the former aims to optimize and centralize their high performance computing and visualization workloads and offers specialized tools for distributed workforces utilizing mobile devices. The deal is scheduled to complete by the first quarter of 2016.

Nice continues its product development from its Italy office with enhanced backing of the AWS team. The firm has two core products: EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV). EnginFrame is an advanced grid portal designed for easy submission of analysis jobs to supercomputers, streamline management and result monitoring. Based on the concoction of Java, XML and Web Services, this open source framework eases application development and workload-data-license dashboarding. DCV, a remote 3D visualization technology allows technical computing users to connect to OpenGL and Direct/X applications running in data center. The technology is adaptable to LAN, WAN and VPN, and considers network constraint accounting.

While EnginFrame imparts more scalability to AWS, DCV addresses a large number of interesting use cases of 2D/3D interactive applications and cloud collaboration in design projects. The technology also has immense potential to work with Amazon’s Lumberyard.

The clientele of Nice including brands like Alcatel, Audi, Bosch, CERN, Ferrari, Honda, Siemens, Toyota and many more are now supposed to pay revenue to AWS. The Amazon platform earns multifarious benefits ranging from expansion of clientele to performance amelioration.