Oscar-Winning Production Company Turns to Nexenta to Manage Massive Data Growth


PRLog (Press Release)[1] - Jan. 24, 2014 - London, UK and Santa Clara, CA, USA, January 23, 2014 – Nexenta (http://www.nexenta.com/) (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions, today announced that Framestore, an Oscar-winning visual effects company for film and advertising, has selected Nexenta to manage its multi-petabyte data storage needs.

In a world where a picture can be worth millions of dollars, Framestore is known for creating extraordinary images and visual effects for movie studios around the world. Established in 1995, it has locations in London, New York, Montreal and Los Angeles. Recent projects include movie blockbusters Gravity and Skyfall, as well as global advertising campaigns for Audi and Pepsi, and TV shows including Doctor Who.

Managing petabytes of mission-critical data is a challenge, particularly in this creative and fast-paced global business environment. Without access to this data, Framestore wouldn't be able to meet the production demands of the media and entertainment industry.  The IT team at Framestore needed a flexible, scalable, reliable, enterprise storage system to manage its massive data growth, enhance its disaster recovery capabilities and to maintain its status as a leader in visual effects.

Framestore chose Nexenta's Software Defined Storage solution to create an innovative storage infrastructure. Working with its technology partner Dell to provide the hardware, and utilising the open-source ZFS operating system, Framestore selected Nexenta for its combination of technical depth and novel approach to software designed storage.

"Nexenta is a progressive and forward thinking company with a team of highly technical engineers, who integrated well with the Framestore technology team and have been a pleasure to work with," said Steve MacPherson, CTO, Framestore. "I believe Nexenta is on the crest of a wave, one that has a strong potential to disrupt the storage industry status quo. The coupling of affordable enterprise grade hardware, a strong and open ZFS base, and Nexenta software features provide us with great flexibility in how we design and deploy production storage. Nexenta provides that last critical software and support component that allows us to move everything forward as we re-architect our global storage strategy."

Tarkan Maner, CEO, Nexenta, said, "Our SDS offering is ideal for the entertainment industry. Unlike the Massively Expensive Storage Systems (MESS) provided by larger vendors who focus on hardware boxes and expensive 'rip and replace' models as users hit full capacity, Nexenta has the ability to keep scaling and growing. SDS is the future and Framestore is embracing it as a business-critical function in order to continue its huge success globally."

About Nexenta

Nexenta is the inventor and global leader in Software Defined Storage. Nexenta delivers secure, high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualisation-optimised storage software solutions on any hardware platform realising the "true" Software Defined Data Centre to enable the biggest challenges in IT today; from rich media-driven Social Media to Big Data; from Internet of Things to Mobility via the Cloud. Built upon an "open platform" and running on a broad choice of industry-standard hardware, Nexenta eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, secure and scalable unified storage management at significantly lower total cost than legacy systems. Nexenta's global partners include @Cisco, @Dell, @VMware, and other leading IT vendors.


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