Amazon Web Services has announced the “general availability” of Amazon Nimble Studio.

The new service allows users to set up a content production studio “in hours, with elasticity that gives them near limitless scale and access to rendering on demand.”

Amazon Nimble Studio gives access to accelerated virtual workstations, high-speed storage, and scalable rendering across AWS’s global infrastructure without upfront fees or commitments.

It’s aimed at replacing local high-performance workstations connected to shared file storage systems over low-latency, on-premises networks that can’t be scaled back after peak busy periods.

“Amazon Nimble Studio is going to change the way customers produce content using a cloud-based production pipeline,” said Kyle Roche, Head of Content Production Tech, AWS. “To date, studios struggle to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for creative content, which has driven an exponential increase in the computing power required to produce content—hastening obsolescence of workstations and straining on-premises storage and rendering capacity. We are excited to announce Amazon Nimble Studio, a transformational new service for the creative community built for the cloud to make it much faster, easier, and less expensive to produce the content that consumers want to watch.”

Amazon Nimble Studio will allow creative talent immediate access to high performance workstations powered by Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G4dn instances with NVIDIA Graphical Processing Units (GPUs), shared file storage from Amazon FSx, and ultra low-latency streaming via the AWS global network.

It’s aimed at giving studios the ability to scale up resources when rendering demands peak, and spin them back down once projects are completed. Studios can onboard remote teams from around the world and provide them access to the right amount of high performance infrastructure for only as long as needed.

The service supports both Windows and Linux operating systems so that artists can work with their preferred third-party creative applications. Additionally, studios can use custom software applications and bring them into Amazon Nimble Studio via Amazon Machine Images (AMIs).

Amazon Nimble Studio is available today in six AWS Regions and AWS Local Zones including London.

Jon Creamer

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