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PITTSBURGH, PA –SEPTEMBER 10, 2014—Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that Avere is helping Illumination Mac Guff, the French animation studio behind major features such as the successful “Despicable Me” franchise and the Dr. Seuss story “The Lorax,” accelerate its visual effects work.


Illumination Mac Guff, owned by Hollywood-based Illumination Entertainment since 2011, needed to significantly increase output in order to meet a growing production schedule. The company was challenged with improving the performance of its storage network to meet the increased workload. It also wanted to pursue a vendor agnostic approach to ensure it could satisfy present and future production needs without being locked into one manufacturer.


Illumination Mac Guff considered several solutions and ultimately chose Avere Systems. Avere’s FXT Edge Series filers not only increased storage throughput to meet the company’s workload and performance challenges, but also provided real-time visual analysis of its complex application and storage environment.


“It was the analytics software’s ability to show where the hot data lies within the storage system as a whole that really impressed me,” explains Bruno Mahe, head of technology at Illumination Mac Guff. “I didn’t know before we did testing that it would be such a tremendous help to production. It was one of the things that sealed the deal.”


The offload of I/O from the disk-based storage array to the FXT Edge filers has also resulted in a cost savings by avoiding frequent upgrades to the storage system. Before Avere, every time the storage array disks reached capacity, new high-performance storage hardware had to be purchased.


Overall, Mahe says that he could never go back to the old system of adding additional disks to a traditional storage system to scale performance. He now has a storage environment that can produce double the amount of work in the same amount of time, plus gained the ability to see everything that is happening within the storage environment through the analytics capability provided by Avere – a real bonus.


“The ability to significantly increase movie production with a smarter, more economical storage architectural design has a direct impact on the bottom line,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO, Avere Systems. “Avere is excited to be able to help Illumination Mac Guff scale its business to new heights.”


About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit