ToonBox Entertainment’s c6100 Rendering Farm

One of the things that I really like about my job is when I am able to see the end result of months of working with one of my clients come together in a solution that solves business challenges and above all, makes them happy.  Such is the case with ToonBox Entertainment, a Toronto, Canada based 3D animation studio that decided to take their business to the next level and create a full-length feature production.  After months of meetings with their IT team and executives the ToonBox team decided to work with Dell Data Center Solutions to create a highly scalable rendering farm for their production which gave them the bandwidth to move at the speed they needed to with superior results.  The use of the Intel-powered Dell PowerEdge C6100 and the Dell Precision T5500 Workstations, ToonBox has, in their own words, gone from   “zero to mach speed in a very short period of time.” But don’t take my word for it…check out this short clip. Continue reading “ToonBox Entertainment’s c6100 Rendering Farm”

Cost of Acquisition vs. Total Cost of Ownership

One of the things that companies often face when deploying new technologies are the costs involved.  Many times they have to decide which is more important to them; the cost of acquisition or the total cost of ownership.  When considering Cloud, Hyperscale and High Performance Computing technologies, the stakes can get considerably higher.

With such a wide range of choices out there on the market, you have to make a series of choices that will impact the way you operate and how much it will cost you over time.  The temptation that many companies have is to go with the cheapest solution they can, but in the end, they find out how much that cheap solution costs them much more. Continue reading “Cost of Acquisition vs. Total Cost of Ownership”

Shrinking the Supercomputer with GPU

This past November I was privileged to work the Dell booth at the Supercomputing Show in New Orleans where we were showcasing, among other things, our c410x PCI expansion chassis for GPU computing. I was amazed at the number of people that I spoke to over the course of a week, nearly non-stop about GPU computing and more specifically, the c410x and how they would be using it in their environments. Equally amazing was the sheer number of people that had “Dr.” in front of their name (I had to throw that in there for good measure). Many of these folks were hands-on users of Supercomputing technologies and all of them were “shopping” for their next Supercomputing system.
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