Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 27,
-- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) today
announced that Animal Logic, the animation and visual effects
company behind the hit movie Happy Feet, relied on NetApp®
storage and data management solutions to store, manage, protect,
and access data while making the animated film. Animal Logic
created a fully animated movie with remarkable visuals and effects
that required simplified storage architecture with consistently
high performance and scalability.
Animal Logic used NetApp fabric-attached storage (FAS) systems
holding over 300TB of data in a mix of primary and secondary
storage for archiving. The NetApp solution provided the production
house with high-performance, reliable, and cost-effective storage
to accelerate the delivery of its digital effects.
Backed by the high performance and robust nature of NetApp storage
systems, Animal Logic has continued to push the boundaries of
computer-generated animation in movies like The Matrix Reloaded,
Lord of the Rings, and Moulin Rouge.
Over time, animation has evolved from an entertainment alternative
produced primarily for children to an industry targeting a much
broader audience. As the animation industry grows, digital
production houses look to technological improvements to help meet
the increasing demands. For production houses like Animal Logic,
success would be far more difficult without a highly responsive and
consistently available storage network and software applications
that can adapt to greater demands. Industry specialists consider
animation to be among the most demanding applications for storage
system in terms of performance, with thousands of concurrent
processors accessing and storing data at any point in time.
The success of Animal Logic and its resulting dramatic growth have
led to the creation of hundreds of terabytes of data that needs to
be stored, managed, and easily accessible.
Xavier Desdoights, director of Technical Operations at Animal
Logic, says, "Audiences expect us to deliver breakthrough visual
effects and animation, and as such, our films are incredibly
complex to create. In the animation business, with its short
delivery lead times, it's absolutely vital that data is readily
accessible. We continue to use NetApp because it can handle the
highly intensive technical applications required to create
animation such as Happy Feet.
"NetApp offers a reliable and simple management interface, and they
understand the postproduction sector and its tight deadlines.
Providing around-the-clock support, as well as reliability and
scalability, are important factors for us, and NetApp delivers
Patrick Rogers, vice president of Solutions Marketing at NetApp,
says, "Animal Logic's creative team can't have their time and
creative energy hampered by dealing with performance, management,
or scalability issues. NetApp is trusted in the animation and rich
media industry because of the simplicity, performance, and
reliability our storage solutions provide."
About Animal Logic
One of the world's most highly respected digital production
companies, Animal Logic produces award-winning design, animation
and visual effects solutions for the film, television and
advertising industries. The company has a studio in Sydney,
Australia and a production office in Los Angeles. Information about
Animal Logic is available at www.animallogic.com
About Network Appliance
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for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts. Information about Network Appliance solutions and services
is available at www.netapp.com
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