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Friday, October 12, 2012

Animal Logic uses FireDaemon for Automation

Animal Logic

Happy Feet, 300, Matrix Productions

"The very simple service definition, automated process restarts and clean interface of the management console provides us with a "configure once and forget" solution, which maintains itself."

An Interview with Jakub Krajcovic

So what does Animal Logic do? Established in 1991, Animal Logic quickly earned a reputation as one of the world's leading design, visual effects and animation companies. With studios in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California, Animal Logic continues to produce award-winning work for a diverse international clientele. Some of our productions include Harry Potter, 28 Weeks Later, AustraliaMoulin Rouge, 300 and the Oscar winning Happy Feet.

What were the challenges you were facing? Delivering media to several playback and grading systems presented an ongoing challenge for Animal Logic’s technical staff. It was not possible to remove the deeply entrenched legacy system and start from scratch because of the prohibitive costs of development time and the effect it would pose for production. The media deliveries were not managed, this required a user to be logged on to the Windows console and there was no way of automatically restarting them in case one of the processes failed, except for manual operator intervention.

Why did you choose FireDaemon? FireDaemon showed promise as a viable solution. And indeed, within a few clicks after installation it turned our previous system into an automated and well managed delivery infrastructure. The very simple service definition, automated process restarts and clean interface of the management console provides us with a "configure once and forget" solution, which maintains itself. FireDaemon‘s Trinity provides the added benefits of a web interface allowing us to manage several FireDaemon enabled delivery workstations from anywhere, without actually requiring a user to log in. FireDaemon has delivered a very strong management layer on top of our existing system without any ongoing costs.

Guess what? Daily deliveries have been turned into a structured, managed and self-maintaining solution, which has minimal support time. FireDaemon has enabled us to focus on other things because we now know that we don't have to worry about getting data where it should be.

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