Extending Media Workflows Into the Cloud

VFX organizations are ideal candidates for harnessing the power of the Cloud. Constantly faced with tight project deadlines and competing for new projects, they need to act quickly to spin up infrastructure to catch up or add capacity for new project wins. Augmenting their own infrastructure and “bursting” to the cloud, gaining access to more compute power at peak times, is the ideal use case for VFX studios. 

The Challenge

The allure of cloud computing for applications such as rendering and transcoding is significant. At first glance, the ability to instantly ‘spin-up’ large quantities of compute resources in a short period of time appears to be the perfect solution for accelerating large or behind-schedule projects. However, the extra time, complexity and cost involved in moving data back an forth between on-premise storage and cloud resources can leave many content creators frustrated and out of pocket.

PixCache Cloud Makes it Easy

Getting your data to and from the cloud introduces complexity, increasing delivering times and cost. PixCache Cloud Burst Rendering Gateway removes this complexity by seamlessly extending your on-premise storage into the cloud. PixCache minimizes latency between where the data is stored and where it is processed, ensuring the fastest possible completion times, getting more render jobs done at the lowest instance cost.

Simple Cost Effective Caching in the Cloud

PixCache Cloud Burst Rendering Gateway provides software-defined caching in the cloud for data hosted by your on-premise storage, presenting an in-cloud ‘local’ NAS for computational resources. PixCache presents a complete view of your on-premise storage to cloud instances and automatically caches data on access. This ensures that only the data that is required will be transferred to the cloud. Newly created data in the cloud is asynchronously flushed to your on-premise storage by PixCache as soon as they are written, letting you continue your work before the entire job has even completed.

Parallelises Transfers Between On-premise and Cloud

Increase throughput reduces instance running time by self managing the flow of data to and from on-premise storage

Path Name Mirroring Reduces Workflow Complexity

Decreases the number of data copies to manage

Certified on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google GCP

Allows content creators and distributors to extend their workflows into the cloud quickly and simply

Runs in Simple CentOS Linux-based Cloud Instances

Painlessly cloudburst onto unlimited nodes, minimizing data transfer and maximizing data locality

PixCache within the PixStor Single Name Space Architecture

Prefetches Data to Cache for Anticipated Access

Provides data affinity to compute instances, ensuring the fastest possible response times, simple NAS interface in the cloud provides NFS, SMB and FTP access – no additional software required on compute instances

Automatically Commits New and Changed Data Back to Central Storage

Greatly decreases the number of data copies required for job completion

Automatically Flushes Stale Data From Cache

Newly created data in the cloud is asynchronously flushed to your on-premise storage by PixCache as soon as they are written, letting you continue your work before the entire job has even completed

 

Adheres to Existing On-premise Security Practices

Ensures asset security and IP protection

Automate the Entire On Premise to Cloud Pipeline

PixCache automates the entire data transfer pipeline, reducing the number of copies that must be distributed and ensuring the fastest possible data access times to your cloud instances, so content creators save both time and money. In short, PixCache ensures that your cloud-assisted projects will finish on time and under budget.

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