JAM Filled Entertainment Speeds Animation with Centralized File Data

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Learn how an award-winning animation studio has centralized file data and accelerated its petabyte-scale file production pipeline by consolidating multiple locations and workflows onto the Qumulo File Data Platform.

Producing World Class Media

Jam Filled Entertainment, a division of Boat Rocker Media, is an award-winning Canadian animation studio based in Ottawa, Ontario. The company’s mission is to produce world-class media. It fulfills that mission by working with clients like Nickelodeon and Netflix to create famous shows including Bubble Guppies, Casagrandes, Dino Ranch and Final Space.

Successful projects led to fast growth, and Jam Filled built new studios to manage a growing slate of productions. But massive file data growth and technical issues with legacy infrastructure threatened production deadlines.

Managing a Massive, File Data Intensive Production Pipeline

The animation firm stores about 4PB of data across its three studios. The bulk of the data is 2D and 3D image files that range in size and travel an intensive production pipeline with multiple stages and applications. Legacy file systems faltered, were not keeping pace with the company’s fast data growth, and threatening production deadlines.

In Ottawa, the storage system was a legacy NAS. The system had never worked well, and failing nodes were a daily or weekly occurrence

The Toronto system was a premium array from the same vendor. This system was more reliable than the troubled array in Ottawa but was challenging to manage, and customer support was disappointing. The company was also building a new studio in Halifax and did not want to experience the same set of problems in the new facility.

Jam Filled turned to the Qumulo File Data Platform to manage and centralize file data at massive scale for all of its studios.

“Qumulo gave us back all those hours we spent managing the old system. With the time we’ve gained, we can concentrate on high-priority technology innovation. That’s worth its weight in gold.”  Aaron Pearce, Director of Systems Engineering

Simplifying Management On One Distributed File System

After it’s current system reached end of life, IT needed a reliable, highly performant, and scalable platform that would support its critical production goals in Ottawa and Halifax. Jam Filled partnered with IC Technology to select, plan, and deploy the new Qumulo File Data Platform. Pearce said, “We can expand the Qumulo platform as we go by simply adding nodes and spinning up additional clusters.”

Implementation was simple and straightforward, and the IT team uses the Qumulo File Data Platform’s simple user interface for efficient management and real-time operational analytics. Jam Filled’s technical engineers now automate provisioning and application integration easily using the Qumulo advanced API.

The IT team cited its four favorite technical and business outcomes: increased productivity, real-time analytics and visibility, high performance, and excellent customer support.

Read the case study to see how Jam Filled accelerates innovation, collaboration and creativity with Qumulo.

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