Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

Creative Freedom through Digital Transformation


digitaltrans-100742617-large.jpgWhat happens when you take a company overflowing with artistic talent and combine it with technology that doesn’t hold them back? You get a digital transformation most businesses can only dream of.

For a leading animation studio, digital transformation is certainly not a dream; it’s an everyday reality. Using today’s most innovative technologies, this film studio is able to unleash the creative genius of their storytellers, artists, and innovators — and produce better films on time and on budget.

Realizing a vision in the most cost-effective way

Making a computer-generated feature film is extremely computer intensive because everything has to be digitally created from nothing. A 90-minute animated film could easily consist of more than 100,000 individual frames and more than 500 million digital files. And depending on the film, image-rendering operations can reach almost 100,000 transactions per second.

The challenge for most studios is to support their artist’s creativity — yet stay within their budget. To achieve that goal, this particular animation studio actively pursued a digital transformation strategy that would ensure speed, power, flexibility, and automation.

Industry experts and technology make the dream a reality

Tackling a digital transformation is difficult because it involves planning a strategic vision for the business and then determining the best IT to support that vision. Although this animation studio had their own IT experts with years of engineering experience, this time they sought out an industry expert to provide additional insights.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) had been a strategic partner for many years, so the studio trusted them to make their IT environment as agile as possible. The HPE Pointnext team provided valuable insights that helped the studio rapidly transform across their entire enterprise, modernizing their IT infrastructure and increase flexibility using both private and public cloud.

The animation studio also implemented a new composable infrastructure solution to provide the flexibility they needed to meet their peak computational demands, while not investing in additional infrastructure. Composable infrastructure consists of fluid pools of compute, storage, and fabric that can dynamically self-assemble to meet the needs of an application or workload. These resources are defined in software and controlled programmatically through a unified API -- code that aligns the infrastructure to the needs of the application.

Composable infrastructure provided cloud-like flexibility and economics to the studio’s on-premises infrastructure. During the day, artists had immediate access to the computational resources they needed to unleash their creativity. And at night, the infrastructure automatically recomposed in seconds to run the computer-generated imagery (CGI) rendering.

Hybrid cloud allows collaboration across the globe

Many studios typically produce numerous films at one time, and this animation studio is no different. Of course, working on several films at once means they need more resources and more collaboration. A hybrid cloud environment solves this challenge. Using resources from studios and employees around the world, they are able to seamlessly collaborate.

During peak compute rendering times, team members access a hybrid cloud infrastructure -- a combination of on-site private cloud and off-site managed private cloud. This hybrid cloud environment allows artists and producers at different studios worldwide to share and collaborate in real time.

Don’t let infrastructure hold you back

Digital transformation is key to helping businesses compete successfully in this rapidly changing digital world. HPE is excited to play a vital role in providing the expertise, software and hardware this studio relies on to continue to produce animated films that entertain and inspire audiences worldwide.

HPE has assembled an array of resources that are helping businesses succeed in a hybrid IT world. Read more about composable infrastructure through the e-book, Composable Infrastructure for Dummies. And to find out how HPE can help you determine a workload placement strategy that meets your service level agreements, visit HPE Pointnext.


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Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, passionate on all things technology, operating in the data center either physically or virtually.