Inside the DreamWorks data center

Conventional wisdom would likely conclude that a creative, IT-driven company like DreamWorks Imagination Studios must embrace all of the latest computing trends and that cutting-edge technologies like the cloud, virtualization and solid-state storage play leading roles in its data center.

Conventional wisdom would be mostly wrong.

About 15% of the servers at DreamWorks are virtualized, about 20% of the movie maker's computer-generated image rendering is performed using cloud services, and the company has yet to find a need for solid-state drives, said Mike Cutler, global director of infrastructure operations.

The studio does, however, invest heavily in state-of-the-art server blades, storage arrays and networks to make sure its animation artists have the tools they need, Cutler said during a recent tour of the company's studio and data center in Redwood City, Calif.

The data center features about 3.8 petabytes of disk storage capacity and 4,000 servers with 25,000 CPU cores.

DreamWorks, which has two studios in the U.S. and one in India, tries to release three animated movies a year. One film takes about three years to create, so the company is usually working on eight to 10 productions at any one time.

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