Overview

Weka Enables Artists to Seamlessly Collaborate Globally

Founded in 2020, Preymaker is a groundbreaking creative and technology studio with an expertise across all areas of content creation, media and I.P. Preymaker made the conscious decision to be 100% cloud-based, which served it well when the COVID pandemic made it difficult to work in an environment with on-premises infrastructure. Preymaker crafts content for leading brands and studios, engaging artists all over the world, from Los Angeles to New York, London, France, Sweden, and South Africa. With a distributed team like this, the cloud is an ideal platform, as artist workstations can be spun up and down depending on capabilities and project demands.

quotes

“The ability to just hit ‘play’ in front of a customer and display uncompressed rendered content from shared file storage without a hiccup has been a pipe dream within the industry for a long time—and being able to do that from centralized data on Weka is a huge win for us.

WekaIO’s automated S3 tiering just made large amounts of my day—having to manage and shuffle data—just completely evaporate, so that was an absolute game-changer for me. From a management and technical labor standpoint, Weka is a single-person vehicle.”

Alan McSeveney, Head of Technology, Preymaker

Challenge

THE CHALLENGE: FIND A HIGH-PERFORMANCE STORAGE SOLUTION IN AWS THAT COULD SERVE BOTH LINUX AND WINDOWS FROM THE SAME FILE SYSTEM AND NAMESPACE, ALL WITH PREDICTABLE ECONOMICS AND SEAMLESS TIERING TO S3

The Preymaker team produces a wide variety of content with many different tools and timelines. Projects can include episodic television, which can have a one-year turnaround, to TV commercials, which can have a three-month turnaround, to online or digital assets, which can have as little as a one-week turnaround. With this variety of projects and sizes, it is near impossible to predict IT demands.

Preymaker employs a large portfolio of applications, including Houdini, Unreal, Nuke, open-source Blender, Maya and Flame, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Da Vinci Resolve by Blackmagic Design. Preymaker artists from all over the world use virtual workstations that run on Linux or Windows operating systems, connected to the cloud using Teradici remote access solutions.

Preymaker’s mission was to establish an agile, global- artist-focused studio, and they required a highly performant cloud-based solution that allowed both Windows and Linux users to share the same data set. WekaFS™ Limitless Data Platform on AWS was the clear choice because it allows Preymaker artists to collaborate within the same namespace from their many locations without the need to copy data among different services, while also supporting the high resolutions and high bit-depth throughput if needed.