Data Storage: Massive Storage Arrays Help DreamWorks Make Digital Movie Magic

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-06-19 Print this article Print
Massive Storage Arrays Help DreamWorks Make Digital Movie Magic

Massive Storage Arrays Help DreamWorks Make Digital Movie Magic

Where Many Famous Film Characters Live One of the studio's three data storage centers is located in an attractive new building at the Pacific Shores Center on the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif.(Photo by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)
DreamWorks SKG, one of the world's busiest and most successful digital animation studios, is continually pouring out terabytes of creative video from its several hundred animators for use in two to three animated movies that it releases each year. Keeping all that content safe, organized and easily accessible for artists and production staff has always been a huge challenge, yet DreamWorks staffs only three full-time IT storage professionals. How do they do this? The answer: Everything that can be automated is automated. The studio uses a mix of Hewlett-Packard, NetApp, and Ibrix storage arrays and powerful dual-core Intel "Woodcrest"-powered workstations that have been supplied by HP for the last eight years. This slide show offers some insight into the studio's daily production, and we have a complete story on this topic here at eWEEK.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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