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DreamWorks Animation and NetApp: Unleashing imagination with data

Generating over a petabyte of data per film, DreamWorks' global creative workforce needs fast access to its work. Leveraging NetApp® technology, DreamWorks quickly and efficiently manages the massive amount of data needed to bring its animated features to life.

A dream partnership 

NetApp technology is built with dreams in mind. Our love of cloud and deep expertise in hybrid cloud data management empowers DreamWorks Animation to create show-stopping works of art. Learn how companies across the globe are transforming their business in the cloud with NetApp.

Moving at the speed of change

At DreamWorks, digital storage and data management are critical to the production workflow. Billions of files and petabytes of data must be efficiently managed and accessed across on premises, private, and public cloud for the studio to be able to pivot its hybrid cloud strategy and meet changing business demands.

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Bringing ones and zeros to life

With an average of 50,000 jobs rendered daily during production, performance is everything for DreamWorks. NetApp® AFF A-Series all-flash arrays are smart, powerful, and trusted solutions that take advantage of modern cloud technologies to deliver the speed, efficiency, and security that high-performance workloads require.

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Keeping the data paparazzi at bay

DreamWorks leverages NetApp® SnapMirror® as a replication tool to achieve high data availability and fast data replication.

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Scaling creative performance at every level

DreamWorks must adapt to changing business demands as needed by scaling capacity up or down, on demand, and without disruption or downtime. NetApp® SolidFire® all-flash storage enables dynamic scaling, predictable performance, automated simplicity, and flexible deployment. 

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The Bad Guys: By the numbers

    • 100%

    • Animation and lighting completed in WFH environment

    • 175,000,000

    • Virtual core render hours used

    • 250,000+

    • Storyboards drawn for the film

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The DreamWorks hybrid cloud

Learn how continuous co-innovation helps drive hybrid cloud solutions that solve evolving business and technology challenges.

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Technology as a paintbrush at DreamWorks

Legends in the animation industry discuss how art challenges technology and the technology drives innovation back to the art.

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DreamWorks and NetApp collaboration

Leveraging the cloud ensures the right data is in front of the right artist at the right time, that it is safe, and of the highest integrity.

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The combined flexibility and agility of NetApp's solutions have enabled us to meet the creative ambitions of our artists, allowing DreamWorks to create any film that our imaginations allow us to produce.

Skottie Miller | Technology Fellow for Systems Architecture, DreamWorks Animation

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Even bad guys need good data

More than 250 billion pixels bring Mr. Wolf and his crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws to life in DreamWorks Animation's latest release. 

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