1Massive Storage Arrays Help DreamWorks Make Digital Movie Magic
The Data Is in this Rack of Boxes In April 2009, the studio added Hewlett-Packard’s newest package, the HP StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System. This scale-out system acts as an online reference library for “Monsters vs. Aliens” and previous films, such as “Madagascar,” “Bee Movie” and “Kung Fu Panda.”(Photo courtesy of Hewlett-Packard)
“Monsters vs. Aliens”: 93TBs Worth of Entertainment When DreamWorks’ first “Shrek” movie debuted in May 2001, it required about 6TB of capacity in its data centers. Eight years later, the studio’s most recent release, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” requires a bit more elbow room: a whopping 93TB.(Photo courtesy of DreamWorks)
It makes sense for a director to re-use footage-such as a background, a particular attribute of a character, or some other element-whenever possible. Using the ExDS system, DreamWorks’ artists now have much faster access to archived content, because it’s all available in a fast virtualized storage system-not stored on tape or on a disconnected disk somewhere.
DreamWorks has produced or distributed more than 10 films with box-office grosses totaling more than $100 million each. Its most successful title to date is “Shrek 2.” The studio was founded 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. In December 2005, the founders sold it to Viacom.