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Nvidia GeForce Now Ultimate: The RTX 4080 is available in the cloud for the price of the RTX 3080

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Not just the GeForce RTX 4080 12GB Nvidia presented the 4070 Ti and various GeForce RTX 4000 laptop GPUs at CES 2023 on the topic of GeForce, but also a new option for the GeForce Now game streaming service: in future, subscribers will be able to access the performance of a GeForce RTX 4080 (test) and with higher play frame rate.

GeForce Now RTX 4080 Ti?

And the name is actually an understatement, because in the course of a new RTX 4080 SuperPOD for GeForce Now – a server unit on which the graphics performance is virtualized via Nvidia Quadro graphics cards – a total of 64 TFLOPS of performance is available, whereas the GeForce RTX 4080 for the desktop can “only” come up with an FP32 computing power of 48.8 TFLOPS. For comparison: The GeForce RTX 4090 (test) offers 82.6 TFLOPS, whereas the most powerful GeForce SuperPOD to date for GeForce Now RTX 3080 (test) achieved a performance of 39.2 TFLOPS. Of this, the individual subscribers only had around 35 TFLOPS available, but even then the GeForce Now offer was above the eponymous desktop graphics card in terms of performance – also because the RTX 3080 in the cloud boasts 24 GB GDDR6X instead of just 10 GB could.

Nvidia did not reveal at the presentation in Las Vegas how high the performance made available to an individual player in the case of the new “GeForce Now Ultimate” tariff by the RTX 4080 SuperPODs is; there is also no information on the graphics memory provided. However, the manufacturer allows itself a tip compared to the next-gen consoles: GeForce Now Ultimate offers five times the performance of an Xbox Series X (test), which comes to around 12 TFLOPS. The PlayStation 5 is around 10.3 TFLOPS. The new subscription also pairs the massive raw performance with DLSS 3 (test) and thus offers the full ray tracing performance of the Ada Lovelace architecture.

240 Hertz, UHD120, UWQHD, Nvidia Reflex and G-Sync

Furthermore, with a new competitive mode, refresh rates of 240 Hertz are to be used for the first time, which means that the latency, including Nvidia Reflex, falls to 34 ms. For the previous RTX 3080 tariff at the maximum possible 120 Hertz, Nvidia names a delay of 56 ms, while ComputerBase came up with a minimum latency of 67 ms in the test. If players on the streaming client output the image via a G-Sync monitor, GeForce Now also varies the streaming rate for the first time.

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Meanwhile, there is no change in the maximum supported resolution; GeForce Now RTX 4080 also allows a maximum of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels. However, UHD is now possible at up to 120 FPS or Hertz, whereas in the case of GeForce Now RTX 3080 there was still a limit of 60 FPS for UHD. Also new is the option to deliver an image adapted to ultrawide monitors with resolutions of, for example, 3,840 × 1,600 or 2,560 × 1,080 pixels.

Upgrading from Ampere to Ada Lovelace costs nothing in the cloud

In view of all this, it may come as a surprise that Nvidia does not raise the prices for the generational leap in cloud gaming: While the GeForce RTX 4080 is more than twice as expensive according to the RRP as the GeForce RTX 3080 should be at the market launch, stay with it Price of the strongest GeForce Now subscription, everything is the same: Like the RTX 3080 tariff, GeForce Now Ultimate costs around 20 euros per month or around 100 euros for six months. GeForce Now RTX 3080 users are automatically switched to the new tariff, so they get twice the performance and expanded output options almost free of charge. Whether Nvidia is trying to drive PC gamers to GeForce Now with its surprising and conspicuous pricing policy will certainly be a common guess in many places.

GeForce Now Ultimate will be available gradually over the first quarter of 2023. The first data centers should already offer the new option from the end of January 2023, but nationwide availability in the USA and Western Europe is not expected until the end of March 2023. The Priority tariff is still available at a price of around 10 euros per month or 50 euros for six months. Here it also stays at a maximum of Full HD and 60 FPS.

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Familiados launches an app to search for and manage external accompaniments in residences

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Familiados continues to innovate and has just launched a new service. The Spanish startup is committed to Familiados Sociosanitario, a special solution for residences and centers where Users need support.

Through it, centers can register their residents, find professionals in the area for accompaniments, facilitate payment to the resident through SEPA, manage extra expenses and have civil liability and accident insurance.

Offers to find companions are published on the map of Families and professionals sign up freely. Then the center chooses the most appropriate profile, and closes the accompaniment. All in less than 10 minutes. And with the confidence that the Familiados team makes a preflight of all the profiles of the platform, so trust is assured on the way out.

As a complement to the management of accompaniments, socio-health centers can also search for personnel to cover sick leave, contracts, etc. Familiarized allows them to find professional profiles such as nurses, nursing assistants or technicians in care for people in a situation of dependency, among others.

As Ernesto Bravo, CEO and founder of Familiados, explains: “When the time comes for a resident to go out for a medical visit, a diagnostic test, or just to run an errand, the normal thing is that no one can leave their job and accompany them. Precisely because of the shortage of personnel”.

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“In these cases, the residence has to find an external companion, and it is not always an easy task, for this reason we believe that Familiados Sociosanitario is a solution that can help regulate and professionalize this problem.”

double digit growth

The home care sector is in full bloom, and with it the companies that provide services related to it. In the specific case of Familiados, the Navarra startup reports that has doubled the published offers and the hours of care compared to 2021. Specifically, in Familiados, almost 35,000 job offers have been published this year, covering a total of 400,000 hours, a record for the platform.

The growth of Familiados is also noticeable in the number of care professionals who offer their services on its platform, which now reaches 6,000 throughout the national territory (50% more than in 2021). 30% of these caregivers are specialized exclusively in caring for children, 15% exclusively in caring for the elderly and the rest, 55%, are versatile: they can care for both children and the elderly.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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