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6 Ways Your Business Can Use the Metaverse

This short article explains six ways businesses can connect to the Metaverse as it becomes more popular.

The Metaverse is a hot topic right now.

The Metaverse merges the digital and physical realms by connecting people and things using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to things in the physical world, blurring boundaries between online and real-world social interactions, economies, assets, and identities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for the Metaverse, with online education, online performances, and online healthcare consultations becoming the norm.

What Makes up the Metaverse?

Broadly speaking, the Metaverse is made of four technology layers.

The first is holographic construction. Hologram technology is used to build a model of the virtual world and display it on devices to create an immersive experience. It's commonly used in VR stores and property tours.

The second is holographic simulation. This is the process of placing people and objects in the virtual world to simulate the physical world in real-time.

The third is virtual-reality integration, which builds a 3D map of the physical world that enterprises can use to blend information from the physical and virtual worlds. Alibaba Cloud AR Parallel World lets you harness AR and mixed reality effects for the purposes of navigation, information overlay, and customer service.

Finally, virtual-reality linkage transforms the physical world through the virtual one. For example, Alibaba Cloud's second-generation Tianxun robot enables unattended monitoring and inspection and data security for international data corporations (IDCs).

How Can My Business Use the Metaverse?

1. Remote Rendering

If you run a movie, game, or animation studio that provides visual effects (VFX) services, the quality, speed, and security for content rendering could pose a challenge.

If so, you could use Alibaba Cloud Remote Rendering to transition your on-premises render farms to the cloud. It uses powerful E-HPC capabilities with high elasticity and a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

There's no need to go back to the drawing board either. Alibaba Cloud's rendering services can integrate with your existing toolkits, including Deadline and PipelineFX Qube and applications like Houdini, Arnold, and RedShift.

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2. Data Analytics and AI

Alibaba Cloud's Data Analytics and AI solutions can help you gain an integrated insight into the virtual and physical worlds. These tools enable you to streamline your data pipeline and create a consistent user experience throughout the complete data lifecycle.

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3. Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT technology can help you construct innovative applications for gathering, processing, analyzing, and actioning data from connected devices within your business – without managing and maintaining additional infrastructure.

Cloud technology lets you build automated solutions with fully integrated, data-driven, and highly scalable cloud computing solutions quickly, easily, and reliably, making your business' journey to the Metaverse seamless.

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4. Blockchain as a Service (BaaS)

Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) is an enterprise-level platform that helps businesses build a secure and stable blockchain environment. It also reduces the costs associated with maintenance and facilitates business development.

BaaS supports Hyperledger Fabric, Ant Blockchain technologies, and Quorum.

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5. Global Network Solution

These days, large enterprises face the following challenges when it comes to cross-border networking:

  • A public network that doesn't have adequate network security and reliability
  • A complex legacy network that is difficult to deploy and manage
  • The need to constantly secure cloud service endpoints and make them accessible worldwide

If you want to provide a low-latency, seamless user experience in your business' Metaverse, look no further than Alibaba Cloud's highly reliable global network and SD-WAN technology.

Alibaba Cloud Global Network Solution provides E2E data transmission encryption, global network coverage, and ultra-low latency to eliminate enterprises' security and reliability concerns.

The minute-level deployment and centralized maintenance and operation platform simplifies the initial set up and ongoing management, while the smart routing mechanism and enterprise-grade reliability facilitates worldwide service endpoints access.

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6. Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK)

Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) has rich scheduling, orchestration, deployment, and publishing capabilities. It lets you build Metaverse applications at speed, owing to its highly available, scalable, cost-effective, and automated CI/DC system. It comes with a range of features and benefits.

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Watch Alibaba Cloud's Construct Your Metaverse conference on-demand to learn more.

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