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PITTSBURGH, PA – December 2, 2014 Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that Arc Productions, one of Canada’s largest animation studios, uses Avere FXT Edge filers to support its artists on a full production pipeline of theatrical features, television series, DVDs and shorts.


Faced with heavy rendering loads that impacted responsiveness to artist workstations, Arc Productions needed to provide a high-performance, reliable and flexible infrastructure that kept toolsets and artists working, without increasing costs or missing deadlines.


“Our studio has built its reputation on delivering the highest-quality productions on time and on budget,” explained Terry Dale, vice president of Systems and Infrastructure at Arc Productions.


After reviewing several options, Arc Productions deployed Avere Systems to optimize rendering and offload core filers. “Putting Avere in front of our render farm let us ramp the farm back up to 100 percent during the daytime, significantly decreasing the load on core filers, eliminating latency to artist workstations by 75 percent and accelerating rendering processes,” said Dale. “All at just 20-25 percent of the cost of traditional high-end storage.”


Arc Productions now boasts one of the most stable infrastructures of any production studio. “In this business, it’s all about uptime,” said John Hickson, head of Systems Engineering and Rendering at Arc Productions. “In the past year, we’ve encountered no storage issues and have delivered nearly 100 percent of uptime to crew. Alternative solutions would have been up to five times the cost. Avere has changed our philosophy on storage.”


“In a workload-intense industry like 3D animation, IT infrastructure must be configured for maximum artistic impact,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “Avere is proud to be a part of Arc Productions’ success.”


To learn more about how Arc Productions is using Avere Systems, read the complete case study here –


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Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise 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,