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"Without the scalable computing and storage resources from the Open Telekom Cloud, we wouldn’t really be able to offer our service with so much flexibility and such high performance. The strong GPUs deliver perfect results at all times and we and our customers keep costs under control thanks to the demand-based billing."
Sascha Kolodzey and Henning Wenke, Founders AdaptVis GmbH

AdaptVis: 3D models from the cloud

View your new home before construction begins, just as if you were standing in front – or right in the middle – of it: That’s now possible thanks to a new solution from the Osnabrück-based start-up AdaptVis. The company founders specialize in providing complex 3D data via the internet. The computing resources required for this come from the Open Telekom Cloud.
Anyone who wants to build their own house is spoilt for choice: blue or white tiles, parquet or carpet, wood, plastic or aluminum windows, woodchip wallpaper or roller plaster? From the roof tile to the cellar door, homebuilders have to make many decisions – without knowing exactly how the total structure will look once its complete. Show homes that correspond broadly to the prospective homeowner’s desires can make things somewhat easier. But a show home never corresponds exactly to all their individual ideas.
This requires imagination – or a photorealistic 3D representation: The start-up AdaptVis has developed software that provides complex 3D data via the internet. The founders from Osnabrück specialize in visualization, presenting 3D data that they receive from companies via the internet. And in such a way that users can view them regardless of the end device they are using. Because the complex processing of the 3D data already takes place on AdaptVis servers, users don’t need powerful end devices, special software or plug-ins – a normal web browser will do.

Own servers too expensive and inflexible

This allows manufacturers of complex products such as houses, cars or machinery to share 3D views with potential customers – and this helps to then sell them. The two founders, Sascha Kolodzey and Henning Wenke, initially used their own servers for the complex and computationally intensive solution. However, the local infrastructure quickly proved to be too expensive and inflexible. "Our solution has to be able to scale," says Wenke. "And that is regardless of how complex the calculations are or how many users want to access them.” Their own servers were no longer sufficient for this. That's why the entrepreneurs were looking for a powerful cloud solution with a high-performance network connection to guarantee stable streams.

High-performance servers from the Open Telekom Cloud

Today AdaptVis relies on the Open Telekom Cloud, the OpenStack-based public cloud of Telekom, for its solution. The company uses the G2.2xlarge.8 flavor for the resource-intensive calculations. This high-performance server offers 64 gigabytes of RAM and powerful Nvidia M60 graphics cards with corresponding graphic processing units (GPUs). This allows AdaptVis to provide 3D views of even the most complex objects from any perspective via the internet. The start-up always adapts its resources to demand and user volume – and thanks to the pay-as-you-go model only pays for what it actually uses.
In the future, homebuilders will be able to virtually walk through their own homes and select tiles, wallpapers and carpets even before the first stone is set. "Without the scalable computing and storage resources from the Open Telekom Cloud, we wouldn’t really be able to offer our service with so much flexibility and such high performance," says Kolodzey. "The strong GPUs deliver perfect results at all times and we keep costs under control thanks to the demand-based billing.”
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