Case Studies

Animation specialists are drawn to SNS

An Academy Award®-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to create a new generation of animated feature films, merchandise and other related products.

The studio’s objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.

The studio has 5 Pro Tools HD systems and 2 archiving systems spanning different buildings. They needed to be able to share the storage throughout both facilities in a redundant, RAID-protected environment. They also wanted to integrate pre-existing Xserve RAID systems as direct-attached, near-line storage on the archiving systems.

Studio Network Solutions provided a 12.8 TB A/V SAN PRO™ Fibre Channel system utilizing two storage enclosures each equipped with dual RAID controllers and active/active fail over providing robust performance and reliability.

Using seven seats of SANmp, five Pro Tools HD systems and two Archival/Admin computers can now connect through a Fibre Channel switch to the shared storage. Full redundancy across both enclosures provides the most uptime and data integrity.

Sharing the storage with SANmp software allows users to easily move with their projects from foley room to sound effects editing, and from music selection to stem mixes. Two Mac OS X servers provide central administration, archival and network shares to non-SANmp low-bandwidth clients.

Company: A Major Animation Studio

Industry: Animation, film production and foley

About SNS

Studio Network Solutions (SNS) specializes in the development of shared storage hardware and software solutions for the Media and Entertainment industry. Since day one we’ve applied unmatched ingenuity and experience to create outstanding products that exceed industry expectations while providing outstanding support to our customers.

Our customers range in size from individual freelance engineers to multinational media powerhouses. Our solutions are used to produce everything from books on tape to full track scoring for major Hollywood films. Our products have been at the technical core of the music you listen to, the games you play, the shows you watch and the movies you see.

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