HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
prnewswire | May 04, 2023
Pure Storage® (NYSE: PSTG), the IT pioneer that delivers the world's most advanced data storage technology and services, today announced that Cumulus VFX, a premium VFX provider, is leveraging FlashBlade®, Pure Storage's unified fast file and object platform, to manage ever-growing data demands, achieve enhanced security, and minimize the environmental impact of its data center - all supporting the company's growth into a leading global VFX provider.
Cumulus VFX, a premium visual effects (VFX) provider having worked with the likes of Netflix and Foxtel, has grown rapidly since its founding in 2010, gaining a global reputation for quality and reliability in the VFX world.
Visual effects are at the center of modern film production, and managing the sheer volume of information required to produce photorealistic imagery presents a growing challenge to the industry. With the rapid growth of its global client-base, Cumulus VFX faced critical storage capacity challenges, a common problem in the industry as the amount of technology and data applications continue to grow.
To manage heightened demands, and ultimately support its rapid growth, Cumulus VFX turned to Pure Storage and Agile Data Services, a leading supplier of new and used enterprise IT hardware and maintenance solutions, to build a future proof, enterprise-grade, integrated data storage environment based on FlashBlade, Pure Storage's unified fast file and object storage platform.
Cumulus VFX now operates its entire production environment on a 7x52 TB FlashBlade – including current projects for Disney, Warner Bros and Bazmark. Benefits include:
Improved Scalability and Performance: Cumulus VFX reduced the management time of applications from hours to minutes and, in some cases, even seconds with Pure Storage's RapidFile Toolkit and its advanced Linux integration. Pure also supports Cumulus VFX's management of applications like Houdini, Blender, Autodesk Maya, Silhouette FX, 3D Equalizer, and Adobe Photoshop. With improved speed and scalability, Cumulus VFX increased the number of rendering artists from 20 to 60.
Enhanced Data Security: Due to the nature of Cumulus VFX's business, an outage while executing massive workloads with developers could lead to catastrophe. Pure Storage enables enhanced data security as mission-critical data can be encrypted at rest.
Reduced Data Center Footprint: Pure Storage's FlashBlade, helping global organizations achieve up to 67% in direct energy savings versus competitors, enabled Cumulus VFX to minimize carbon emissions with higher rack density and improved performance.
"As an IT decision maker, there's an obligation to put the most efficient, lowest impact solutions in place across our IT environment. What Pure Storage provides in four to six units would take competitors 96 units. Pure Storage not only ticked all the performance and technical requirements, but it had the best energy footprint. Cumulus VFX's decision to move to Pure Storage FlashBlade was a no-brainer - the company is leaps ahead of the competition." – Nicky Ladas, Chief Technologist, Cumulus VFX.
"The visual effects industry has highly demanding computing requirements with tremendous volumes of unstructured data. Companies like Cumulus VFX are right on the cutting edge of innovation and are doing Australia proud. Pure is delighted to be able to support the great work that they do with our unified fast file and object platform to tame all that unstructured data." - Amy Rushall, Area Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, Pure Storage.
About Pure Storage
Pure Storage is a leading data storage company that simplifies data management for organizations. Its cloud-based solutions empower customers to optimize data utilization while minimizing infrastructure complexity and costs. The company's commitment to providing storage-as-a-service enables customers to quickly and easily adapt to changing data needs, regardless of workload or application. With an industry-leading Net Promoter Score, it is dedicated to customer satisfaction and continually expanding its roster of delighted clients. Additionally, the firm prioritizes sustainability in all aspects of its business, striving to reduce the carbon and energy footprints of data centers worldwide.
HYPER-CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE, APPLICATION STORAGE
Semtech | March 10, 2023
Semtech Corporation, a high-performance semiconductor-making and cloud connectivity service provider, recently revealed number of new products in its Signal Integrity portfolio. These products extend the company's leadership in optical fiber integrated circuit solutions for data centers, passive optical networks (PON), and wireless. The new products offer customers low-power, low-latency, and low-cost solutions for wireless infrastructure, access and enterprise networking, and hyperscale data center applications.
The digital revolution, fueled by the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), IoT-based technology, automotive, cloud services, mobile subscriptions, and others, is rapidly increasing the data used worldwide. This makes it necessary for data centers, PON networks, and wireless networks to have higher data rates.
To support global data usage and the higher rates, Semtech's optical networking platform offers the backbone IC technology. Semtech continue supporting the data center, PON, and wireless networks by adding more award-winning optical products such as Tri-Edge, CopperEdge, FiberEdge, and PON-X. This helps customers to meet their current and future optical networking needs with the benefits of power, cost, and latency.
Timothy Vang, Vice President of marketing and applications in Semtech’s Signal Integrity Group, remarked, “Optical solutions are vital to connect and enable high performance digital platforms. By improving networks at the chip level, Semtech is allowing our customers to prepare their networks for the exponential growth in data demands expected in the next few years. These new products, announced at OFC, underscore our leading position in the market and Semtech’s ability to address every level of the digital ecosystem including optical module customers, system providers and end users.”
(Source: Business Wire)
Semtech announced several new products at OFC 2023:
200G/lane optical link with Broadcom and Keysight - live demo
PON-X chipset for 50G High Speed PON (HS-PON)
GN1300 and GN1400 TIAs - production availability
PON-X platform expansion for 10G PON ONUs
Mobile Optical Pluggable Alliance (MOPA)
FiberEdge GN1814 TIA - production availability
FiberEdge GN1825 octal transimpedance amplifier(TIA) - sampling availability
Semtech's Signal Integrity portfolio platform handles optical and copper interconnect needs for data rates from 2.5G to 1.6T in data center, PON, and wireless networking applications. It's high performance analog design solutions are used in the Signal Integrity platform.
Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Camarillo (California), Semtech Corporation is a service provider for high-performance semiconductors, internet of things (IoT) systems, and cloud connectivity.
APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE, DATA STORAGE, IT SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
PR Newswire | May 10, 2023
Colocation provider Element Critical is proud to announce that Megaport's industry-leading Network as a Service (NaaS) platform is launching across its national data center platform. Element Critical's Austin One Data Center was the first facility to introduce the cloud interconnectivity solution. The enhanced EC Cloud Connect capabilities are now also available to Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Houston data center customers.
As a result of Element Critical's partnership, customers can take advantage of Megaport's Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud interconnection services to connect their colocated IT assets directly to multiple cloud providers, interconnect to their branch offices, and reach additional managed services providers — all through a single, manageable network port. These services offer Element Critical customers the dependability they need for their cloud backbone with greater control and cost management capability. Megaport's platform delivers an efficient and simplified process for customers to optimize their network agility and flexibly scale IT resources without the need for physical infrastructure changes.
Through EC Cloud Connect, customers can have access to Megaport's global ecosystem of over 360 service providers, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud. By leveraging Element Critical's established network, customers can provision connections with same-day turn-up and add additional connections as needed on-demand. Megaport's application programming interface (API) and web-based portal make it easy for customers to manage network connections and monitor their traffic with real-time flexibility.
"We are excited to offer our customers access to Megaport's global network as a service platform in our Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Houston locations," said Ken Parent, Chief Executive Officer at Element Critical. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible infrastructure solutions, and Megaport's SDN and cloud interconnection services are a key component of many of our customers' hybrid platform strategies."
With the implementation of Megaport in its data centers, Element Critical provides customers with a powerful network solution to support their success and ensure customers can continue to expand and innovate in an increasingly interconnected world.
About Element Critical
Element Critical is among the fastest-growing data center service providers in the United States, with locations in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Silicon Valley, and Virginia. Led by an executive team composed of industry veterans, the company features an expanding portfolio of Hybrid IT-ready facilities in strategic markets across the country with a steadfast commitment to meeting the diverse needs of today's business and technology leaders. For more information, visit www.elementcritical.com.
Megaport is a leading provider of Network as a Service (NaaS) solutions. The company's global Software Defined Network (SDN) helps businesses rapidly connect their network to services via an easy-to-use portal or our open API. Megaport offers agile networking capabilities that reduce operating costs and increase speed to market compared to traditional networking solutions. Megaport partners with the world's top cloud service providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as the largest data center operators, systems integrators and managed service providers in the world. Megaport is an ISO/IEC 27001-certified company. www.megaport.com