Big Animation jazzes up the show with Brocade

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 31, 2010

Reliance Big Animation is a digital animation script-to-screen, content creator. The studio is in the business of creating state-of-the-art, next-generation animation for feature films, DTH, television and many more emerging new media platforms.

Business requirement and challenges
As the demand for digital artists to produce creative content grows, so does the need for high-quality rendered output from hardware. For the entire process to work seamlessly the networking infrastructure needs to quickly transfer heavy amounts of data between servers, making highly efficient networking imperative for time-bound production. Additionally the animation production network requires hundreds of processors to create a high performance computing environment (HPC) seamlessly connected by reliable solutions to create closest-to-real life visual effects.

As a result Big Animation needed to create an advanced high-performance, highly available data center infrastructure to accommodate growing volumes of traffic in a high availability environment. It also had to establish an infrastructure to handle very high rates of throughput and build a system that helps ensure confidentiality of IPs and the animation content of clients by maintaining physical separation within operating networks.

Big Animation opts for Brocade
Big Animation opted for Brocade’s BigIron RX backbone and FastIron Series Layer 2/3 switches to be deployed into its high-performance 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) animation production network. Brocade provided double the 10GbE and 1GbE ports in a single shelf system than competing offerings. The BigIron RX Series of Layer 2/3 Ethernet backbone switches incorporates the latest advances in switch architecture, system resilience, quality of service (QoS) and switch security.

Business Benefit
The BigIron RX switch, fitted with the MRJ21 line card modules, provided a high-density platform to deliver high performance connections to the artists, servers and redundant 10GbE uplinks. It enabled non-blocking and wire-speed performance at very high port densities which are critical to the company.

The Brocade FastIron SuperX Layer 2/3 modular switches were purpose-built to provide Big Animation Studio with high-performance GbE, 10GbE, and advanced networking solutions mission-critical and security needs. While Brocade’s chassis-based 16-Slot BigIron RX Switch suited the requirements of a typical studio application. This gave the users wire speed access at all times, and took care of data security between departments.