Animal Logic, a Sydney-based digital and visual effect studios, has leveraged Brocade's network solutions and EMC Isilon-a complimentary solution for storage-to speed up its network core and boost rendering performance.
"New multithreaded render techniques for digital animation take full advantage of the multicore CPUs in our render farm, and need to be fed with a lot of data. Having a highly reliable, high-throughput network core and big pipes connecting our storage arrays is critical to the studio's productivity," said Alex Timbs, head of IT at Animal Logic.
The company thus deployed Brocade VCS Fabric technology to make its switches operate as a single, automated, efficient and resilient entity. In addition to that, Animal Logic used Brocade VDX 6740 for server connectivity, and Brocade ICX 6450 switches for management connectivity to eliminate complexity and make its network operations more agile.
The new core networks also allowed the company to support connections up to 100 Gbps at wire speed and accommodate the approaching future need for 10 Gbps connectivity to its blade servers.
"Animal Logic is in the business of creating incredible experiences that turn digital content into real life right before our eyes. This is a heavily technology-driven process for the artist to be able to create their mastery. Key to this is a reliance on technology to seamlessly deliver everything that they need in a high-performance environment," said Gary Denman, Senior Director of Brocade in Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Animal Logic has also deployed Brocade ICX 7450 switches within its Sydney headquarters to provide animators' workstations with multiple 10 Gigabit uplinks to the network core.
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