Avere Improves Cloud Performance for Digital Domain by 25,000 Percent

Company's NAS optimization solution slashes WAN latency for leading digital production house

Feb 27, 2012, 08:30 ET from Avere Systems

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Avere Systems today announced that Digital Domain Productions, a digital production company that has delivered innovative visuals for more than 80 movies including Titanic, TRON: Legacy and Real Steel, with work that has earned multiple Academy Awards, has implemented Avere FXT Series NAS appliances at a Las Vegas co-location data center to maximize IOPS and minimize latency of its cloud-based infrastructure to ensure quick access to massive amounts of computer-generated imagery data.

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In order to grow cost-effectively, Digital Domain utilizes render nodes co-located in Las Vegas, which access data stored at its locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver and turn it into media frames.  However, without Avere's FXT products in place, the latency introduced by accessing data across such geographical distances could have derailed Digital Domain's efforts to leverage the co-location's space and power benefits.

"We couldn't do this without Avere in the picture," said Mike Thompson, Sr. Systems Engineer of Digital Domain.  "The WAN latency would have killed the applications' IOPS to the filers.  We simply wouldn't have been able to render frames remotely.  In order to grow, we would have been forced to increase our data center footprint in cities with much higher costs for space and power."

Thompson estimates that with Avere, Digital Domain reduced its latency to 0.1 millisecond, which translates into 250x faster performance. In addition to the Las Vegas deployment, Digital Domain also has Avere FXT appliances at its regional locations to provide improved local application performance as well as fast access to non-local storage. 

"Co-location data center facilities can be enormously beneficial in helping companies such as Digital Domain leverage cloud computing and lower costs; however, without the ability to minimize the latency introduced by geography, the performance degradation is so great that it can't be offset by cost reduction," said Ron Bianchini, Avere President and CEO. "Co-locating Avere appliances with compute nodes removes the latency penalty and opens up a new world of possibilities for companies seeking to build highly efficient global storage infrastructures without sacrificing application performance."

Avere's FXT Series of appliances feature a tiered file system that organizes data across RAM, Flash, SAS and SATA tiers to effectively provide a 5:1 reduction in disks, power and rack space. The new FXT 3000 and FXT 4000 series hardware platforms are designed for even greater scalability and efficiency, doubling the amount of appliances that can be clustered to 50 and providing as much as 7 TB of RAM and hundreds of terabytes of SAS or SSD capacity on a single cluster.

About Avere Systems

Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new storage media using real-time tiering. Avere's products allow organizations to achieve unlimited application performance scaling, free applications from the confines of the data center by eliminating latency and cut storage costs by more than half. Learn more at www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.

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