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JAM Media embraces PixStor

300TB software-defined system controls all hardware, applications and systems in the workflow

JAM Media has deployed Pixit Media’s software-defined storage platform PixStor for its children’s and pre-school content.

With operations in Dublin and Belfast, JAM Media produces animated and live-action series for clients including Amazon Studios, BBC, Nickelodeon, RTE, SVT, NRK, France Television, WDR, ARD/ZDF and Dreamworks.

The 300TB, fully scalable PixStor software-defined system provides a single global namespace that controls all hardware, applications and systems in the workflow, presenting a unified view of all data and serving JAM’s multiple Mac seats, 20 Maya artists, five Nuke 2D, 15 After Affects Harmony, and a 35 CPU V-Ray Render-Farm.

“Other storage systems on the market will only guarantee sustained performance up to 60-70 per cent capacity so you’re paying for 30 per cent of your storage to remain unutilised at all times,” said Pixit Media VP global sales Andrew Wierzan.

“PixStor’s filesystem uses a scatter algorithm to homogenise disk performance at any scale, which means we can underwrite the performance of any solution we provide up to 99 per cent capacity. There’s no need to worry about capacity and bandwidth or projects getting bogged down as your teams demand more. With PixStor you can keep your workflows running at maximum intensity all of the time.”

“Pixit Media has an in-depth understanding of VFX pipelines and the team went above and beyond to get the best out of our entire workflow,” added JAM Media CTO Scott McDonnell. “Even under immense pressure and when everyone is hammering the system, we now get sustained high-performance and reliable stability from our central storage, which is what we need to deliver projects on time and continue to grow the business.

“Adopting PixStor storage has been a game-changer for us. We are no longer constrained by our infrastructure. Our artists can focus on their craft, not the storage, and that’s increased our productivity and creative output.”