High-performance storage for rendering or editing with Qumulo’s Hybrid CloudRendering

Reduce time-to-completion, win more jobs, and scale infrastructure needs instantly with a hybrid cloud solution.

Gain speed and efficiency when you render in the cloud.

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

The answer might seem obvious — move to the cloud. But in the past, the solutions for file storage in the cloud have been lacking, due to poor scalability and performance, as well as limited feature sets. Further, in a data center, there’s a finite amount of CPU.
Given that deadlines are always tight, there often isn’t the luxury to build out the physical infrastructure when a studio outgrows the capacity of its on-prem render farm. Even renting equipment might not be feasible. As a result, studios might have to decline jobs, delay productions, or pare down their personnel.

There is another solution – use Qumulo hybrid cloud file storage to increase the reliability and speed-to-market of rendering workflows. Imagine spinning up a Qumulo file storage instance in the AWS public cloud, investing in the exact performance you need, and then uploading your workloads for rending. And when you’re done? There’s no need to manage that infrastructure. Just shut it down!

Qumulo’s Hybrid CloudRendering solution is an enterprise-grade file storage solution that was built to solve your studio’s storage pains. Below you will see an example of how this works on the AWS platform. 

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

Qumulo Hybrid CloudRendering 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

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