Cinesite Studios, the award winning visual effects and animation facility, has transformed its workflow efficiency across two continents with Pixit Media’s PixStor software-defined scale-out storage platform.
Pixit Media provided the PixStor storage system for sites in Montreal and London, as well as the investment protection that the facility needed. “Pixit Media shone through the competition as they offered top-tier performance at an affordable price,” said Christian Perschky, Head of Systems Technology at Cinesite. “We’re now able to cache data between London and Montreal, giving us the opportunity to access everything in one place, which saves even more on overheads as we no longer have to split up jobs.”
Utilising Dell hardware, the London and Montreal sites each have three PixStor servers and two DR (disaster recovery) systems. The London workspace also benefits from an archive system server as well as a real-time 4K review and editing system utilising Mellanox networking technology.
“The complete PixStor server systems for general workflow installed in both studios supports uncompressed playback at over 4K to review workstations and can easily scale up higher if required,” continued Christian. “Pixit Media also helped with the build, advised throughout and provided service assistance going above and beyond the levels of support we usually see.”
“Cinesite provide a high level of VFX and animation services across the two studios,” said Barry Evans, Technical Director at Pixit Media, “It was essential that the installation of PixStor not only reduced cost of hardware, support and system expansion but also increased production render performance.”