Shadow, the French cloud computing service, is back

On May 18, cloud computing specialist, Shadow, announced an expansion of its offer. Its gaming -focused subscription will have a premium version for better performance. The company, acquired by OVHcloud in 2021, will also offer its own cloud storage service and wants to make itself more attractive to professionals with new features.

45 € per month to benefit from the best performance

Cloud computing makes it possible to access the convenience of a powerful configuration through any computer. Shadow is primarily focused on players who want to play in good condition without having to invest in new components. The current offer provides access to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage through a subscription at € 29.99 per month.

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Although this adjustment allows you to enjoy many games, it is aging. For players who want to do more, Shadow announced on May 18, “Option Power”, an extension of its subscription. To avail it, you have to pay an additional € 14.99 per month. In total, you have to pay € 44.98 to enjoy more power.

With this new formula, users will have an AMD EPYC 7543 processor with 4 cores and 8 threads, 16 GB of RAM and a latest generation graphics card. Shadow’s performance depends on proximity to the data center and the GPU may vary depending on which data center is closest. Thus, subscribers will have an Nvidia RTX 3070 or an AMD Radeon Pro V620, which is the latest generation of GPUs.

OVHcloud integrates its storage service with Shadow

As for storage space, it stays at its initial value of 256 GB but can add an additional 256 GB at a cost of € 2.99. Maximum storage can be up to 2TB. The monthly subscription price will quickly become important for users who want all the options.

While the company only offers Nvidia or Intel components, it now partners with AMD. This will allow him to more easily negotiate prices with manufacturers and to adapt to possible supply problems. The Option Power offer will be available for pre-order this summer and will be released in the fall of 2022.

OVHcloud, the new owner of Shadow, has a cloud storage service, hubiC, but in the face of intense competition from giants like Microsoft and Amazon the company has announced its closure. He will pass by Shadow to offer a new offer: “Shadow Drive”. Based on the open-source storage application Nextcloud, Shadow Drive will make it possible to access stored files through a browser, and through mobile and PC applications. The free offer has 20 GB of storage and the premium version, at € 8.99 per month, offers 2 TB.

Professional Shadow.

Professionals can go through Shadow to use their software. Photography: Shadow

The company expands its horizons by meeting professionals

Finally, the French cloud computing specialist wants to address more professionals by focusing on the commercial use of its service. Through its “Shadow Business Solutions” division, the company will allow its customers to create, manage and share access to several machines running through Shadow servers.

Companies taking advantage of this offer will be able to run their production applications and other professional software. They will even be able to run games, such as Bandai Namco, which has called on Shadow to allow the expert press to play a trial version of Elden Ring.

The company also announced that it is opening up to other markets, Shadow will be available in Canada and Austria. This expansion is problematic because users must live as close to data centers as possible to enjoy the best performance. Shadow currently has three centers in France, one in Germany and four in North America.

Following its acceptance, Shadow had long since weakened. Since the acquisition of OVHcloud in 2021, it has begun to recover. Cloud computing offers users more freedom than cloud gaming. However, at a relatively high price, the company knew it would not reach the majority of players and diversified its activity to reach professionals.

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