Extending Media Workflows Into the Cloud
VFX organizations are ideal candidates for harnessing the power of the Cloud. Constantly faced with tight project deadlines and competing for new projects, they need to act quickly to spin up infrastructure to catch up or add capacity for new project wins. Augmenting their own infrastructure and “bursting” to the cloud, gaining access to more compute power at peak times, is the ideal use case for VFX studios.
The allure of cloud computing for applications such as rendering and transcoding is significant. At first glance, the ability to instantly ‘spin-up’ large quantities of compute resources in a short period of time appears to be the perfect solution for accelerating large or behind-schedule projects. However, the extra time, complexity and cost involved in moving data back an forth between on-premise storage and cloud resources can leave many content creators frustrated and out of pocket.
Getting your data to and from the cloud introduces complexity, increasing delivering times and cost. PixStor Cloud Burst Rendering Gateway removes this complexity by seamlessly extending your on-premise storage into the cloud. It minimizes latency between where the data is stored and where it is processed, ensuring the fastest possible completion times, getting more render jobs done at the lowest instance cost.
With incredibly simple push button deployment, media and entertainment organisations can take advantage of all of the performance, scalability and data management benefits of an on-premise PixStor installation in – within GCP and AWS Marketplaces.
Driven from guided menus with a variety of sizing options, there is a PixStor in the Cloud option available for nearly any use case – whether for burst render, remote composition, editing or grading, presenting a single NFS or SMB share from a number of clustered instances. With billing handled entirely within Cloud marketplaces, customers are free to spin up PixStor at exactly the moment they need it.
Increase throughput reduces instance running time by self managing the flow of data to and from on-premise storage
Decreases the number of data copies to manage
Allows content creators and distributors to extend their workflows into the cloud quickly and simply
Painlessly cloudburst onto unlimited nodes, minimizing data transfer and maximizing data locality
Provides data affinity to compute instances, ensuring the fastest possible response times, simple NAS interface in the cloud provides NFS, SMB and FTP access – no additional software required on compute instances
Greatly decreases the number of data copies required for job completion
Newly created data in the cloud is asynchronously flushed to your on-premise storage by PixCache as soon as they are written, letting you continue your work before the entire job has even completed
Ensures asset security and IP protection
PixStor Cloud automates the entire data transfer pipeline, reducing the number of copies that must be distributed and ensuring the fastest possible data access times to your cloud instances, so content creators save both time and money. In short, PixStor Cloud ensures that your cloud-assisted projects will finish on time and under budget.