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Cinesite Studios and Qumulo Keep the Entertainment Flowing

Qumulo on Amazon Web Services enables Cinesite to produce computer-generated films and meet production deadlines

Qumulo, the leading provider of cloud file data services, announced that Cinesite Studios, a global producer of special effects and feature animation, has selected Qumulo’s file software to support its extensive rendering workloads.

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“Qumulo on AWS increased Cinesite’s performance and scalability, and enabled us to boost our competitive position within the industry.”

Cinesite is a leading digital entertainment studio with credits including the Avengers, James Bond movie franchises, The Witcher, Locke and Key, and Raising Dion television shows. Cinesite’s award-winning, 500 employee-strong visual effects and animation team brings filmmakers’ visions to life, from offices across London, Montreal, Berlin, Munich, Vancouver and, increasingly, from employees’ homes.

Rendering performance is critical to meeting delivery deadlines for Cinesite’s customers and requires real-time collaboration. When a new computer-generated (CG) feature film needed immediate rendering capacity, Cinesite had to ramp up production capacity and feed data into applications, while storing large format digital content securely in the cloud. By deploying and connecting Cinesite’s applications to Qumulo, Cinesite was able to meet the needs of remote artists and staff without impacting production quality or timelines.

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Cinesite utilized the Qumulo solution across multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) Availability Zones, ensuring consistent performance for artists and staff dispersed geographically, while leveraging high performance storage at scale. Cinesite also required seamless integration between its on-prem and AWS deployments, and Qumulo quickly optimized EFS instances and replicated the data between on-prem and AWS.

“The only way we could expand to an additional Availability Zone was by implementing Qumulo’s cloud solution,” said Graham Peddie, chief operating officer, Cinesite Montreal. “This approach allowed us to spin up the resources needed on demand and scale to meet the needs for offsite rendering on AWS. Without Qumulo, we wouldn’t have been able to do it or meet our deadlines.”

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