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Avere Systems Dominates Visual Effects Infrastructure Market; Delivers Unmatched Throughput Performance to Leading VFX Studios

Avere to Present at SIGGRAPH Anaheim on Leveraging Google’s Compute Cloud to Achieve Big Studio Results on a Small Studio Budget

ANAHEIM, CA – July 19, 2016 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, has established itself at the forefront of visual effects (VFX) production by providing studios with its NAS Edge filer technology to enable cloud adoption. Avere is used by the top VFX studios around the world to combat the challenges of working with large digital assets as they seek to produce top grossing blockbusters. The company will be showcasing its hybrid cloud technology during the annual SIGGRAPH conference, the media and entertainment industry’s premiere event on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques, July 24 - 28 in Anaheim, California. While at the show, Avere will present alongside Google Cloud Platform and Moonbot Studios on how to use compute cloud rendering to create high-end special effects on a small studio budget.

Breaking Down Infrastructure Barriers to Achieve Oscar-Worthy VFX

As VFX studios increasingly turn to the cloud to support resource-intensive creative processes and meet production demands, Avere’s FXT Series Edge filers provide them with the flexibility to adopt the cloud at the right pace for their business while integrating public object, private object and existing NAS systems into a single, easy-to-manage infrastructure. With Avere, VFX studios can store data anywhere with little latency, making collaboration easier and minimizing the risk of production delays.

Some of the leading VFX studios that rely on Avere today to maximize their infrastructure include Arc Productions, Atomic Fiction, El Ranchito, Framestore, Image Engine, Illumination Mac Guff, Method Studios, MPC, Rising Sun Pictures and Sony Pictures Imageworks. In 2015, every film nominated for an Oscar in the visual effects category was rendered using Avere’s technology, and each of the top 20 grossing global blockbusters used special effects made possible by Avere, including hits such as Jurassic World, Minions and The Martian.

Avere Customers Achieve Unmatched Throughput Speed and Performance

The combination of Avere and the public cloud enables studios to reduce the amount of development work needed to move workloads to cloud-based render farms and to use caching in the compute cloud, producing vast performance improvements in throughput between cloud compute and storage resources. On an average production day, Avere M&E customers are able to move 2.5 petabytes through Avere clusters at an average rate of 30 gigabytes per second, far outpacing previous infrastructure capabilities.

“As Avere continues to scale in the media and entertainment industry, we are committed to continually innovating to support VFX studios of all sizes,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. “We are proud of the technology and results we’ve delivered to the VFX community over the past year, and look forward to showcasing this work to M&E industry leaders at SIGGRAPH.”

Connect with Avere at SIGGRAPH 2016

Visit Avere at booth 430 at SIGGRAPH, or check out the following sessions to see firsthand how the FXT Series Edge filer delivers flexible infrastructure to the media and entertainment industry.

Tuesday, July 26 – 4:00 - 5:00pm

Birds of a Feather Session: Render Farming

Hilton Anaheim, Palos Verdes Room

Mark Hills of Avere customer Framestore will lead a discussion on large-scale rendering: render-farm infrastructure, software and queue management, remote data centers, reliability, and performance.

Wednesday, July 27 – 9:00 - 10:00am

Exhibitor Session: Compute Cloud for Rendering – Big Studio Results on a Small Studio Budget

Room 304C

Led by Scott Jeschonek, director of cloud solutions at Avere Systems, Brennan Chapman, pipeline supervisor at Moonbot Studios, and Jeff Kember, cloud solutions architect at Google Cloud Platform, this session will dive into the specifics of leveraging Google Compute Engine’s scalable infrastructure with Avere’s virtual FXT Edge filers to easily move data between Google Cloud and Moonbot’s existing on-premises storage arrays.

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