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We know that the metaverse concept, which is still in its infancy stage, is hot. It is one of the fastest-growing tech segments in the world, with many businesses – small and big- trying to figure out how it will benefit them. According to the Bloomberg Intelligence analysis report, 2021, metaverse could unlock a market opportunity of about $800 billion. This can come from buying and selling digital products or social media, where metaverse seems to have gained traction, thanks to the heavy investment by the social media giant Facebook which rebranded to Meta a few months ago.

Metaverse brings together multiple technologies like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). This combination improves the user experience and allows users to connect with others as digital entities in a virtual environment. 

The need for more computational power in the metaverse

With the convergence of many technologies, metaverse will require vast infrastructure to improve it. This will include processing power to speed up the processing of 3D images, enhance VR technology, speed internet connectivity and enhance other features needed for a virtual environment. Although Meta is the leading pushing force behind metaverse, other multinationals like Nvidia, Microsoft, Autodesk and Tencent have ventured into it. This shows the potential of metaverse in the future.

Metaverse and cloud computing

Cloud computing has brought breakthroughs and revolutions that have, without doubt, influenced the IT landscape for the last decade. It started by being questioned by pessimists, to a force that almost every industry is praising today. Although cloud computing is not fully mature yet, its adoption will be more sensible with the advent of metaverse. According to Meta, cloud computing will supplement the existing local infrastructure with stable cloud technology infrastructure and functionalities. Cloud computing will also provide additional storage, computing power, database and security features necessary for an effective virtual world. The cloud will also enhance dependability and scalability.

AR cloud

The augmented reality (AR) cloud is a new 3D technology map of the world overlaid onto the virtual world. It will soon augment the experience and information. Furthermore, companies will use AR to create their versions of service channels to leverage the new possibilities emerging from metaverse. Cloud will also play a critical role in supporting companies like Meta in hosting third-party apps. Furthermore, cloud computing services will help speed up the research and development of AI projects. According to Meta, the cloud will help collaboration with clients while increasing performance, which is necessary for speeding up the creation, deployment, training and operation of artificial intelligence and machine learning models. With all these, it is clear that, indeed, cloud computing will play a significant role in metaverse.

Metaverse is an area where cloud computing offers the necessary computation power, storage and machine learning. On the other hand, multi-universe will combine key technologies, with cloud computing as the key backbone. For this reason, it will make interacting and modelling in the digital world. Furthermore, with the meta-environment universe is expected to create vast amounts of data, the cloud will provide the backbone and data storage capabilities.

Generally, there is no denying that metaverse will create data that will be key to everything in the metaverse. Therefore, as more and more people and businesses embrace this virtual universe with the hope of getting something to benefit them, more data will be generated, resulting in more need for data processing, compute power and storage space. This can only be made possible by the cloud. Therefore, it is safe to say that clouds underpin the metaverse because it provides advanced infrastructure for meta-architecture, such as software, which allows the meta-architecture to move from being just a concept to reality.

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