In the animation and motion graphic industry, the post production workflow requires a large set of applications and plug-ins. And there is always a shortage of processing power for quick results when using applications like Octane, Adobe Create Cloud Suite, Maya or many others on full speed. Speed becomes more and more important these days. Deadlines become more strict in a world which seems to turn faster and faster.

Computer graphics industry will change. Fast!

Especially jobs such as rigging, texturing, fluid dynamic, compositing and many other effects require lots of computing power and rendering where only one frame can take several hours. So creative studios need an IT infrastructure which is expensive to buy and hard to manage.

Secondly, we have the issue of collaboration which seems to happen more and more in real-time. Creative studios require more flexibility with lots of employees and freelancers working at home or customer sites. They all need workstations capable of executing the heavy-duty jobs while the management of these workstations is done by overworked sys admins.

However, there is a new kid on the block who’s gonna help you with this problem. GPUs in the cloud are on the rise by giving even the smallest studios access to unlimited computing power and collaboration possibilities. Things that were only available to the larger studios in the past, are now in the hands of everybody with an internet connection. And the beauty is that the cloud is available 24/7.

These days almost everything is available “as-a-service”. So are cloud-based workstations designed for creative people. These workstations from the cloud (GPU Desktop-as-a-Service) are managed centrally and flexible in resources such as computing power and storage. Basically it’s a Windows desktop running in a datacenter where the user views the screen remotely via an internet connection. An online desktop more powerful than any PC you can buy in the shop. So, if you are a a small 2-person VFX Studio, you basically have access to the render power of a large scale studio, but on-demand. And you only pay for the hours you need it!

A world of VFX facilities

Early-adopter studios already recon that the cloud will completely transform the computer graphics industry over the next five years. Adoption is slow because existing VFX companies have invested in their local infrastructure, but this doesn’t mean that smaller studios, the ones who are just starting out, should invest in local infrastructure.

By centralizing everything in the same cloud, the workflow gains even more efficiency. Combining project files and GPUs in the cloud, processing time is reduced by avoiding synchronization issues when several artists are working together on the same project or video.

And this collaboration aspect will not disappear. Freelancing is growing fast these days meaning that efficient collaboration becomes a critical element to stay competitive in a globalized world. If studios are able to quickly add the very best artists to their teams and immediately give them access to the project files, studios can offer faster turn-around time, flexibility and, as such, drastically increase the customer service.

The future

We believe that larger studios will see more competition from smaller studios, working together on clouds. Cloud-based computing power globalizes creativity and gives limitless capacity to quickly create creative teams and meet the toughest deadlines while working on the most demanding projects.

But also the larger studios will make the “total cost of ownership” exercise. Are they going to refresh their infrastructure every 3 to 5 years while they can just “rent” a cloud-based evergreen system that scales with their needs? It’s part of the TCO calculation but we know that cloud computing prices go down when the masses start using it.

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