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Moonbot Studios Produces Out of This World Visuals with Google Compute Engine and Avere Systems


Cloud Bursting Helps Moonbot Studios Create Major Scale Animations On Demand and On Time

PITTSBURGH, PA – October 27, 2015Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, announced today that the award-winning Moonbot Studios uses Avere Virtual FXT Edge filers along with Google Compute Engine as a cloud bursting solution to handle its rendering workload and remove local infrastructure bottlenecks.

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Moonbot Studios is a smaller animation studio that has quickly amassed the accolades major studios receive. While Moonbot received the recognition larger studios command, the company did not have the same sized IT budget. Creating Moonbot’s complex images and animations solely via its own internal IT infrastructure was both time-consuming and costly.

Moonbot chose to supplement its on-premises compute resources using Google Compute Engine, with Avere running in the cloud in order to easily move data between Google and Moonbot’s existing on-premises storage arrays. Since implementing Avere, Moonbot has benefited from extremely low-latency access to active data and compute processes that run at peak performance – reducing project cycle times from months to a matter of seconds. This allows the studio to optimize its production experience and seamlessly integrate Google Compute Engine into its own infrastructure.

“Avere’s cloud bursting provides a high performance yet cost effective solution for Moonbot, freeing data to move with ease between the cloud and our on-premises resources. We can now complete renders overnight to finish the required iterations, keep artists working, and most important - stay on schedule,” said Brennan Chapman, pipeline supervisor at Moonbot Studios. “Without Avere, both the set-up time to move datasets and the latency between the cloud and on-premises storage would have made the cloud unusable for our purposes.”

“Moonbot Studios is a great example of how Avere is making the hybrid cloud a tangible reality with innovative solutions like cloud bursting,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “With Avere and Google, Moonbot can focus on what matters most to their business and not sacrifice their vision, workflow or imaginative ideas.”

To learn more about how Moonbot Studios is using Avere Systems, read the complete case study here:

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 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, visit


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