Soho VFX adopts NAS for its post processing infrastructure

Visual effects studio goes with Hitachi Data Systems’s NAS solution to store and manage image data

Soho VFX has turned to NAS, in this case the Hitachi NAS (HNAS) platform, to store and manage its visual effects.

The Toronto-based visual effects studio, which has worked on Hollywood films such as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," turned to NAS to store and manage the massive image data generated during the post-production process.

Soho VFX co-founder, Allan Magled, said that Soho VFX’s IT infrastructure consists of multiple terminals that handle large amounts of image data, so there is always a needs to migrate data quickly, as well as enable more reiterations of shots through quicker renders.

“[The HNAS] platform continues to evolve with us, which is imperative due to increased work demands and diminished timelines,” he said.

“Things are constantly changing, and thanks to Hitachi Data Systems’ technology we are able to handle it every time.”

While Soho VFX is in the special effects business, Magled adds that the challenges faced by the studio is not unlike those of typical enterprise businesses, ranging from reliability and data protection to agility and efficiency.

The studio has already made use of NAS during the creation of visual effects for Jack the Giant Slayer, which was released worldwide on February 28.

Other film projects that the studio is currently working on include 47 Ronin, RoboCop, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The three films are slated for theatrical release between 2013 and 2014.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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