Megaport helps Framestore to render Hollywood hits quickly in the cloud

Megaport is providing Framestore with a solution that allows it to tap into the power of public cloud providers to deliver on demand visual effects projects. 

Megaport’s Software-Defined Network (SDN) allows Framestore to create on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud connections, while supporting the compute power that animation and visual effects rendering requires, with low latency, high reliability and performance.

“The rendering process used to take hours, if not days to complete and we simply didn’t have that kind of time. So, we needed a change. Working with Megaport, connectivity is so easy and consistent across all of our offices. The solution has significantly reduced connectivity costs while speeding up the process for our rendering artists. Prior to working with Megaport, we had to make sure our creative work was done during the day with rendering scheduled overnight – and IT staff had to be on call around the clock in case something unexpectedly stopped working. This was not a sustainable solution for our artists or our IT team. Megaport has changed all of that,” explains Framestore director of Global Systems and Infrastructure Technology Beren Lewis.

By utilising Megaport’s SDN, Framestore is able to modernise its network by moving away from unreliable internet-based tunnels to private connectivity. The Megaport portal has already enabled Framestore to establish Virtual Cross Connects (VXCs) between its London office and Google Cloud as well as Microsoft Azure. This creates lots of potential benefits, including the ability to scale up and down in just a few clicks to meet daily, weekly or monthly changes in demand. Framestore’s US offices are also connected via Megaport to AWS for rendering purposes, quickly realising the same connectivity benefit.

“Creative studios like Framestore need technology that supports their free flowing creativity. They can’t be constrained by rendering bottlenecks and technology failures. Framestore trusts Megaport to power their creative teams and deliver award-winning experiences. We are committed to providing them the technology and services they need to meet the demands of creatives and audiences alike,” said Megaport chief marketing officer Eric Troyer.

The Framestore team will utilise Megaport technology as they work on upcoming releases such as the latest instalment of Fantastic Beasts, The Suicide Squad and The Little Mermaid