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A-Maze-ing Results for Method Studios

How Avere Systems Helped the Studio Behind “The Maze Runner” Navigate Out of a Traditional NAS Infrastructure Puzzle

PITTSBURGH, PA – November 18, 2014 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, announced the a-maze-ing storage performance results Method Studios Vancouver has achieved since adding Avere FXT Edge filers to the company’s infrastructure.

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Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, is known for its visual effects work and expansive blockbuster portfolio including “The Maze Runner”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Divergent”, “Maleficent”, “The Giver”, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and many more major-studio features.

While working on the film “The Maze Runner”, a project that ultimately saw the creation of 150 character shots and 380 environment shots, Method Studios saw its existing NAS infrastructure pushed to its limit. The network experienced timeouts that would lock users’ workstations for as long as 30 seconds at a time. IT was tasked with fixing these backend issues without adding budget lines.

“Avere often sees media and entertainment companies run into the same struggles Method Studios faced. Traditional data centers can’t keep up with production demands and IT is expected to find the magic solution. This is where Avere comes in and provides the ultimate answer,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO, Avere Systems. “We’re able to deliver not just a cost efficient solution, but allow artists to have the time and technology to empower their creative processes.”

With Avere, Method Studios was able to avoid buying more expensive storage media for the company’s traditional infrastructure, while solving the performance bottleneck and remaining within budget. The Avere architecture has also given Method Studios the capability to support the company’s changing business strategies.

“Deploying Avere more than tripled our IOPS for about one-fourth the cost of achieving equivalent performance on our core filers,” said Scott Parker, head of Technical Operations at Method Studios Vancouver. “But Avere delivers value beyond raw price/performance. Avere’s global namespace enables a consolidated view across all of our NAS arrays and provides advanced analytics that up-level troubleshooting. Avere’s analytics give us new opportunities to simplify, improve processes, and deploy assets most effectively across our WAN for better performance and to support our studio’s evolving business requirements.”

To learn more about how Method Studios is using Avere Systems, read the complete case study here: http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/184352/file-2094350269-pdf/Case_Studies/Avere-Case-Method-11-6-14.pdf.

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 http://www.averesystems.com/.

About Deluxe
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services for film, video and online content, from capture to consumption.

Since 1915, Deluxe has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management, and new digital solution-based technologies.

With operations in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe, the company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information visit www.bydeluxe.com.

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