Cloud computing to boost VR: Alibaba Cloud pairs with HTC

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, and HTC Corporation on Tuesday announced their partnership to further collaborating on VR, at the Computing Conference Beijing Summit.

The partnership comes as Alibaba Cloud and HTC seeks to merge two of the hottest technologies in tech, to develop solutions to the problems of bandwidth allocation, data transmission and data processioning in VR technology. They also aim to create a VR cloud ecosystem.

“We believe it will be a landmark collaboration between the VR and cloud computing industries. By leveraging computing and developers with Alibaba Cloud, HTC Vive will provide more reliable, stable services to developers of VR with a better access to the China market,” said Alvin Wang Grayling, China Regional President of HTC Vive.

Alibaba Cloud and HTC will cooperate in three aspects: HTC Vive’s VR apps will be developed and distributed on Alibaba Cloud, the two companies will join hands in supporting VR startups, and they will accelerate the adoption of VR in areas such as education, healthcare and transportation.

HTC has been seeking to improve its VR experience with cloud computing, after it spun off its VR operations as subsidiary company, HTC Vive Tech Corporation in June 2016.

In general, current VR headset designs demand strong local computing and graphics power, it encourages tech companies to explore the direction. Last month, Samsung purchased Joyent, a cloud computing company, in an attempt to power even more immersive VR on smartphones, according to USA Today.

Alibaba has been operating Alibaba Cloud since 2009; it had over 2.3 million customers as of March, according to Alibaba.

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