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 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.
PixStor Cloud Makes it Easy
Getting your data to and from the cloud introduces complexity, increasing delivering times and cost. PixStor Cloud Burst Rendering Gateway removes this complexity by seamlessly extending your on-premise storage into the cloud. It 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
PixStor 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. It 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 PixStor Cloud 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
PixStor Cloud 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, PixStor Cloud ensures that your cloud-assisted projects will finish on time and under budget.