High performance storage for rendering or editing

Discover a smarter way to work when you utilize the flexibility and scalability of the cloud studio.

Gain speed and efficiency when you render in the cloud.

For visual effects and animation studios, the need for more capacity and performance is complicated by the unpredictability of  workloads and short delivery schedules.

Given that deadlines are always tight, there is no time to build out the physical infrastructure when a studio outstrips the capacity of its on-premises render farm. Even renting equipment may not be feasible.

It might seem that the answer is obvious—move to the cloud. But in the past, the solutions for file in the cloud have been limited, with poor scalability and performance as well as limited feature sets.

Qumulo for AWS is an enterprise-grade file storage system that was built to solve your studio’s storage pains.

How it works:

Here’s a demonstration of how to host and utilize an entire virtual studio in the cloud using Qumulo. All of the activity in this demo takes place within the AWS ecosystem, and all compute and storage is cloud-based. Remote access is provided by Teradici PCoIP remote control software and viewed with a software client.

Here is a simple example of a hybrid rendering workflow.

cloud rendering workflow diagram

The on-prem render farm has been extended with additional resources in AWS. In this example, the Qumulo cluster uses m4.16xlarge EC2 instances. The spot fleet is the collection of render nodes.

The pipeline uses EC2 Spot Instances for scalable, low-cost computing, Deadline for queue management and managing bids for the spot instances, and Thinkbox Marketplace usage-based licensing (UBL) for flexible licensing.

Need speed and scale in your local data center?

Here’s a simple example of a rendering workflow that shows Qumulo as the central file storage system. Qumulo’s software is used both by the artists and the rendering farm.

diagram showing how cloud rendering or on-prem rendering is possible with qumulo

Supports your existing applications, including:

  • AWS Thinkbox
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Pixar Renderman
  • Blender
  • V-Ray

“We are building a fully orchestrated visual effects rendering solution that spans our on-premises data center and AWS. We now have a Qumulo cluster on AWS and in our data center, creating a unified fabric that enables us to share file data between these two operating environments, maintain workflow consistency, and meet the high performance requirements for heavy compute workloads in the cloud.”

Jason Fotter — Co-founder and CTO FuseFX

Want to learn more?

Give us 10 minutes of your time, and we’ll show you how to rethink data storage.