Data Storage: 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.