Raynault VFX Chooses Qumulo to Create Ultra-Fast Cloud Render Farm with AWS

Top Visual Effects Studio Quickly Spins Up 1000+ Rendering Nodes on Demand to Meet Tight Production Deadlines


  • Extreme scalability within hours. Raynault partnered with AWS and Qumulo to spin up more than 1,000 nodes on AWS within minutes. This extreme scalability enables the company to meet critical client deadlines efficiently.
  • On-demand rendering. The new rendering process replaced a failure-prone legacy system that consumed staff time and threatened deadlines. The efficient new system accelerates staff productivity, improves job satisfaction, and cements client partnerships.
  • Competitive differentiator. Raynault developed a distinctive differentiator with massive on-demand render farms for the most demanding client projects by innovating the rendering stack with AWS and Qumulo.

SEATTLE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 4, 2021Qumulo, the breakthrough leader in radically simplifying enterprise file data management across hybrid-cloud environments, today announced that Raynault VFX has partnered with Qumulo and AWS to innovate its rendering workflow, enabling the company to quickly scale to over 1,000 render nodes within a few minutes.

Raynault VFX is a premier visual effects studio located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A few of its premiere film and TV VFX projects include Aquaman, Watchmen, Maniac, 6 Underground, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Raynault moved from a legacy rendering host to AWS. Working with AWS Thinkbox Deadline and Qumulo® Cloud Q, part of the Qumulo File Data Platform, Raynault more than tripled the pilot project’s 300 cloud render nodes to over 1,000 nodes within the same short timeframe.

Whenever the company needs to build a render farm, it simply orders extra nodes in AWS and easily launches render jobs using AWS Thinkbox Deadline. Once the frames are rendered, they are quickly copied back to Raynault’s on-premises storage.

“Since we deployed the Qumulo File Data Platform, the game changed. The platform lets us spin up one thousand computers within hours, not days or weeks. And we’re confident we can scale to three thousand nodes,” said Simon Ouellet, Pipeline Developer at Raynault.

This level of scalability boosts the creative team’s productivity, enabling artists to quickly order high-quality VFX renders and efficiently meet critical client deadlines.

Teams from Raynault, AWS, and Qumulo worked closely together to build the rendering stack. Qumulo customer success was extremely responsive during the pilot project and remains highly available today with near-immediate engineer response 24x7.

“With the Qumulo File Data Platform, we flip a switch to get the additional render power we need on AWS. The business outcome of fast rendering is that if we hit a major crunch, we can flow through it smoothly without any concerns,” said Curtis Linstead, System Administrator at Raynault.

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Qumulo is the breakthrough leader in simplifying data management in its native file form at a massive scale across hybrid-cloud environments. Its high-performance file data platform is designed to store, manage and create workflows and applications with data in its native file form at massive scale on prem and in the public cloud. Qumulo is trusted by Fortune 500 companies, from major film and animation studios, to some of the largest research facilities in the world, to easily manage the full data lifecycle from ingestion, transformation, publishing and archiving with cost-effective capacity, dynamic scalability, automatic encryption, real-time visibility and an advanced API that enables customers to easily integrate Qumulo into their ecosystem and workflows. www.qumulo.com.

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