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DreamWorks Animation, HP Storage, and May 18, 2001

May 18, 2001.  Fourteen years ago to the day. Do you know that happened on that date? DreamWorks Animation released Shrek. When it was released, it set the bar for feature CGI animation. CGI animation depends so much on the technology and over the last fourteen years, technology has helped DreamWorks animation stretch CGI animation even further.  in 2001, an Intel Pentium 4 CPU had 42 million transistors. Today, an Intel Xeon Haswell-EP has 5.5 billion transistors. Despite the huge increase, some say that Moore's law is slowing but CGI animation and DreamWorks isn't.

 

HP and DreamWorks have had a long term partnership. I've watched folks from DreamWorks talk about their environment and how the creation, or as they say "digital manufacturing", of a film has changed over the years. It's been fascinating to me to hear how much additional storage capacity has been needed or how many files are used, how many CPU hours it takes, and more.

 

At the recent National Association of Broadcaster's show in Las Vegas, I was able to talk with Derek Chan from DreamWorks Animation. Derek is the Head of Global Technology and is also the Chief Technology Officer for Oriental DreamWorks, a new facility in Shanghai, China. In the discussion, you'll get a bit of sense on how much goes into the creation of a CGI animation.

What customers are saying about HP 3PAR StoreServ

It's been an exciting week or so for me. I spent much of this week in Las Vegas with our team helping customers have fun experiences at EMC World. We called it #NoLimitsPromo (click on it to see the conversations on Twitter). And while it was a fun time playing Santa Clause in May, there were a number of HP 3PAR StoreServ customers who have been talking about their experiences. I want to bring you a few of those.  

 

Ensure High Availability and Disaster Recovery

The first customer is the Phoenix Police Department. I was recently able to talk to Andrew Walters, IT Critical Systems architect and we talked about requirements of the Phoenix PD and how HP 3PAR addresses that with Peer Persistence.  Here's the video.

Customers Share Their Secrets - Latisys and HP 3PAR All-Flash Storage

I'm just back from spending the week in Phoenix, Arizona.  For the last 5 years, HP Storage has pulled together our marketing team from around the world to celebrate our successes, plan for the coming 12 months, and to hear from customers and partners.

 

The customer that joined us this year was Christian Teeft. Christian is the CTO of Latisys. Latisys is a US-based hybrid cloud services provider who has standardized on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, including the 3PAR all-flash array. I was able to get some time with Christian the night before he talked to the rest of our 200 or so marketing folks. 

 

In the video, Christian talks about their all-flash storage requirements and why they selected 3PAR after evaluating all-flash from several of the start-up AFA vendors (including from those start-up products that have been acquired by large storage vendors).

Customers Share Their Secrets: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

I have one last customer video I've been holding out on that I did at Nth Symposium.  I want to share one today.  This is a great story - the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has multiple video cameras on 600 buses, 120 trolleys and many stations with multiple cameras all collecting video.  When their storage system, from another storage vendor, had a "catastrophic melt down" and data loss, CTO Stevan White turned to Nth Generation and HP for help. 

 

San Diego MTS implemented HP 3PAR StoreServ and in Stevan's words, "We went from freaked out to very comfortable with our storage".  I really enjoyed talking to Stevan and think you'll like this video.

 

Check out the rest of my Customers Share Their Secret videos on ATSB and if you want to learn more about HP 3PAR StoreServ, check out the hp.com product page that has a lot of useful information at hp.com/go/3PAR.

 

Customers Share Their Secrets - UC Irvine

I have been holding out on a couple customer videos I did at Nth Symposium.  I want to share one today.  And with all our recent talk about the 1TB of free StoreVirtual VSA, it's timely to share this video with you. 

 

The University of California at Irvine has been a long time HP Storage customer. I met Kazuto Okayasu at Nth Symposium a few years ago and I've enjoyed talking to him about storage every year at the event. This year, I asked Kaz to do a video with me to talk about his environment and he graciously said yes.  It's a great story - UC Irvine is deep into virtualization and Kaz talks about how they used StoreVirtual VSA to set up a multi-site SAN to have site resiliency.  The video with Kaz is short and speaks for itself so here it is.

 

You can learn more about HP StoreVirtual at hp.com/go/StoreVirtual.

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