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Foundry chooses Google Cloud for Athera

Google Cloud will host Foundry's new platform which enables vfx artists to move their entire pipeline into the cloud

Software company Foundry has partnered with Google Cloud on its new platform Athera, known in beta as Project Elara.

Athera allows visual effects studios and artists to move their entire pipeline into the cloud, enabling them to work anywhere in the world.

It will be hosted on Google Cloud Platform, incorporating Google’s GPU, networking and storage capabilities. Athera centralises storage, creative tools and pipeline in one place, giving users on-demand and flexible access to Nuke, Katana, Modo, Mari, Cara VR, V-Ray, Houdini and Blender.

Jon Wadelton, chief technology officer at Foundry, said: Working alongside Google Cloud, we will be able to open up new doors for studios and freelancers to access industry leading tools from any location, on flexible terms which are better suited to the ebb and flow of their business needs.”

Adam Massey, director of strategic technology partners at Google Cloud, added: We are excited to be partnering with Foundry on the development of Athera. We are looking forward to seeing how Foundry’s capabilities can open up new opportunities for the VFX industry.

Athera will be available as a trial for visual effects studios and artists from 26th April.