FuseFX turns to Qumulo File Fabric and AWS to meet blistering production timeline for top-rated television comedy, The Tick

Posted November 27, 2017. Filed under Press Releases.

Award-winning visual effects studio adopts QF2 for mission-critical file-based workloads

LAS VEGAS – November 27, 2017Qumulo, the leader in universal-scale file storage, today announced that award-winning visual effects studio FuseFX is using Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to meet the fast-paced deadlines of Amazon Video’s top-rated television comedy, The Tick, and other projects. With studios in Los Angeles, New York City and Vancouver, BC, FuseFX provides visual effects for all major Hollywood studios and concurrently works on more than 60 television shows, including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Tick and The Blacklist.

FuseFX has many large visual effects rendering jobs that must meet the tight deadlines which characterize episodic television. FuseFX knew AWS could provide the elastic compute resources that the company needed to support its workflows and fast-paced deadlines. The studio also identified that they needed a modern, highly scalable file storage system that could meet the high performance compute requirements of their workloads within AWS. Already a Qumulo customer, FuseFX learned that the company was debuting QF2 for AWS and jumped at the chance to try it out. FuseFX set up a four-node QF2 cluster and has never looked back. Current workloads combine Thinkbox Deadline for pipeline management, spot instances on AWS for elastic and low-cost computing, and QF2.

"We have built a very advanced rendering pipeline that spans our on-premises data center and AWS Cloud to meet the rigorous demands of our media production schedules,” said Jason Fotter, co-founder and CTO at FuseFX. “Our workflows and rendering applications require file storage that can scale and provide the highest performance both on-premises and on AWS. Only QF2 is able to meet the needs and demands of our content delivery pipeline.”

While working on episodes of The Tick, FuseFX set up a four-node QF2 cluster on AWS to support 1,000 32 Core AWS EC2 instances. QF2’s peak performance was 40,000 IOPS and the peak throughput was 3.87GB/sec. Even on the smallest QF2 cluster on AWS, for example, this is more performant than the highest configuration of other offerings.

The flexibility to use the cloud both for large-scale rendering and for storage helped FuseFX keep their commitments, accelerate production, and reduce the risk of downtime which can occur with on-premises render farms.

QF2 is the world’s first universal-scale file storage system. It was designed from the ground up to meet all of today’s requirements for scale. QF2 runs in the data center and on AWS, and can scale to billions of files. It handles small files as efficiently as large ones. QF2’s analytics let administrators drill down to the file level, get answers, and solve problems in real-time.

To read the full FuseFX case study, please visit: http://bit.ly/2AF16vQ

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Qumulo is the leader in universal-scale file storage. Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) gives data-intensive businesses the freedom to store, manage and access file-based data in the data center and on the cloud, at petabyte and global scale. Founded in 2012 by the inventors of scale-out NAS, Qumulo serves the modern file storage and management needs of Global 2000 customers. For more information, visit www.qumulo.com.

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