In addition to a new cloud gaming offer, SHADOW is doing the splits and further diversifying its activity in the hope of establishing itself in the generalist cloud computing segment.
SHADOW will soon step up a gear, the brand announced during its Shadow Spotlight keynote. Indeed, the cloud gaming platform – or rather, cloud computing from today – announces today that it will diversify its activity. Players are still part of the program, of course, but the brand is also presenting its new Power Option, cloud storage, and a catalog of B2B offers.
From now on, SHADOW is therefore a protean cloud ecosystem that is positioning itself aggressively in several segments at the same time. This diversification begins with its standard cloud offering. The original formula at €29.99 per month is still relevant; but now, creators will be able to benefit from the power of the cloud thanks to a new offer called Option Power for an additional €15.99.
Power option: an AMD EPYC CPU on the menu… in part.
A salty bill, but which will entitle you to better quality hardware. Customers of this formula will indeed be able to access machines equipped with AMD EPYC CPUs, chips which are intended more for professional workstations. In this case, it will be the 7543P model, a monster with 32 cores for 64 threads and 256 MB of L3 cache! On the other hand, customers will only have access to 4 cores for 8 threads of this chip at more than 5000 €.
GPU level, there will be significantly more options. We find the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 class cards, but also the “equivalent cards designed for professionals”, which probably refers to models from the Quadro range. It will also be possible to opt for the latest AMD GPUs under RDNA 2, in particular the Radeon PRO V620 designed specifically for cloud computing and cloud gaming. Note that the models available vary depending on the geographical location.
Shadow also took the opportunity to add new features that will not be reserved for this new offer, but extended to the entire range. We note for example an overhaul of the support for dual screens, an overall improvement in colorimetry and the opening of the early access of Shadow VR, the “first VR experience entirely based on the cloud”.
Shadow Drive: up to 2 TB of cloud storage
To complete this new ecosystem, the brand is also presenting its Shadow Drive, an online storage solution designed in partnership with Nextcloud. Nothing special to report at this level; at first sight, it is a very normal cloud storage offer. It will allow you to store, synchronize and share your files easily and from anywhere via a web interface or the dedicated client.
Note that Shadow insists that all servers will be located in Europe and managed directly by a company that is also European; no Amazon Web Services in the equation, for example. An argument that could have its small effect among those who flee the American titans like the plague. Shadow Drive will be available free up to 20 GB of storage for service customers. A premium version will be available from €8.99 per month, with the ability to store up to 2TB in line.
A new B2B segment for work, training and education
Finally, and this is probably the most interesting part of these announcements, the brand announces its arrival with great fanfare in the B2B segment. Apparently not satisfied with the scope of its offer, it is now extending it to the professional world to offer companies the possibility of creating and managing a fleet of high-performance PCs based on cloud computing.
And it should be (very) high-end workstations, since Shadow claims that these PCs are intended for digital creation professionals such as graphic designers, 3D designers, architects, engineers… so many trades who often work with extremely greedy software.
Shadow also intends to offer its solution to schools and other educational institutions. She also believes that companies could bet on this system to train their employees in virtual reality without investing in a very expensive specialized machine. In any case, it will be quite interesting to see what hardware the brand will make available to its customers, and especially for what price.