Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, headquartered in Los Angeles, has deployed a new Brocade-powered network. Removals of obstacles to creativity, development of content, and improvement in editing productivity were the main benefits.
The Shop reduced data download time by 94 percent, increased production efficiency by enabling multiple editors to work on the same job simultaneously, maximized lead times, and achieved higher visual and editorial quality.
Founded in 1955, The Jim Henson Company utilized Brocade solutions to share and access video files from different locations in the studio. The company could scale the network to support the growing requirements. Brocade networking technology enables the company to expand the use of its solution into editorial, pre-production, and post-production activities.
“We reduced download times from eight hours to 30 minutes, can move data faster, communicate more effectively, and we can tell stories in even more compelling, more magical ways than we’ve been able to do before,” said Steffen Wild, visual effects supervisor at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Brocade supplied its IP storage network including two banks of Samsung SSD 100 percent flash storage devices — one bank is 32 TB and the other is 16 TB — connected by high-throughput links directly to a Brocade VDX Switch solution.
Using Network Attached Memory, the storage enables data delivery at 40 Gbps directly to the network. The Brocade VDX switches have four 40 GbE ports and 48 10 GbE ports that support 20 rendering stations, 10 artists, and the flash storage drives. Brocade switches provide a flexible foundation for the New IP.