For nearly two decades, Guru Studio has been a leader in animated storytelling. With partners like Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Spin Master, to name a few, Guru’s award-winning content captivates and inspires audiences all over the world. Its roster of hit shows include the global smash hit PAW Patrol, Abby Hatcher, Mattel’s Ever After High, and its own original properties True and the Rainbow Kingdom, and the two-time Emmy nominated series Justin Time, which now airs in more than 100 countries. Specializing in 2D and 3D animated kids and family content, Guru has built a proven production pipeline that’s nimble while enabling a fast-paced, collaborative environment. The company now has over 400 animators and artists in its state-of-the-art loft studio in the heart of downtown Toronto.
For over a decade, content creation infrastructure has been penetrated by IP-based networks and network-attached storage products. Even editorial shared storage, once the bastion of a handful of high-end facilities, has become commonplace throughout the industry with the help of network file systems and lower cost 1/10Gb Ethernet hardware and relative ubiquity of support in popular desktop operating systems.
In the move toward these networks, operators and administrators have learned to live with the challenges brought about by IP-based technology. These include dependency on external IT resources, variations in desktop OS network file system support, lack of isolation causing traffic disruptions and security concerns, and higher resource usage on desktop PCs when processing Ethernet transactions.
Are these limitations worth the benefits? Before jumping wholesale into an all-IP future, content creation professionals should consider what is lost in the move towards NAS topology, what is better achieved with a custom shared file system through Fibre Channel, and whether there is a happy medium to be found.
Ben Pearce, Chief Business Officer (Asia) and Co-Founder, GB Labs
NVMe (non-volatile memory host controller interface specification), a different way of connecting SSDs, has received attention of late. However, GB Labs has determined that empowering NAS (network attached storage) in a SAN (storage area network) environment results in a faster, higher-end storage system than an NVMe-enabled SAN alone.
This session details how NAS as a type of storage can be supercharged to perform over and above what is generally regarded as industry-standard SAN, leveraging storage technologies in exciting and beneficial new ways.