SOURCE: BlueArc

July 11, 2005 08:01 ET

BlueArc and Meteor Studios Team Up for Groundbreaking Digital Effects in "Fantastic Four"

High Performance Network Storage System Enables Studio to Create High-Quality Visual Artistry On Time and On Budget for Firm's Largest-Ever Film Project

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- BlueArc® Corporation, provider of the world's highest performance, most scalable network storage systems, today announced that Montreal, Canada-based visual effects studio Meteor Studios deployed BlueArc's Titan Storage System to enhance the quality of their visual effects, reduce project times and meet critical deadlines for Fox's reigning #1 movie, "Fantastic Four." The movie debuted in theaters nationwide Friday, July 8, grossing an estimated $56 million in its opening weekend, leading the box office.

In preparation for the company's largest-ever assignment, consisting of more than 240 individual shots for the superhero adventure, Meteor Studios purchased a ten-terabyte Titan system in 2004, over a host of competing network attached storage (NAS) offerings. Meteor selected BlueArc's Titan due to the system's leading performance and capacity ceiling, as well as simplified storage management. This feature enabled the company to easily add and implement storage, increasing client access without disruption. A primary component of the company's technology infrastructure, Titan immediately delivered dramatic performance improvements to Meteor Studios, reducing tasks from several minutes down to seconds, enabling the company's nearly 100 artists to focus on their creative work, even through peak periods, without slowdown.

"Given the demanding challenges presented by 'Fantastic Four,' we would not have been able to complete this project without Titan. While under our previous environment it could take up to fifteen minutes to open a Maya file, it's now a matter of seconds, saving valuable artist time and focus," said Jami Levesque, Director of Technology for Meteor Studios. "With BlueArc, we know we have a storage solution capable of handling our most strenuous tasks both now and well into the future, as we continue to attract increasingly demanding projects."

"By reducing project times and eliminating slowdowns with Titan at the core of their creative infrastructure, leading entertainment companies like Meteor Studios can perform more iterations and increase the quality of their visual effects, all while meeting strict deadlines," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of BlueArc. "The stunning scenes in 'Fantastic Four' are a testament to the real-world business benefits delivered by Titan's unique architecture, enabling customers to achieve successes previously unattainable."

BlueArc's Titan SiliconServer is backed by a unique hardware-accelerated architecture that allows customers to scale their storage systems far beyond any other servers available on the market today. Titan allows a single file system to grow up to 256 terabytes and delivers throughput of up to 20 Gigabits per second (Gbps). The architecture adapts to changing application or capacity needs, thus simplifying management, accelerating productivity and protecting a customer's long-term investment.

About BlueArc

BlueArc® Corporation changes the economics of network storage by helping customers manage more information with less effort. BlueArc's SiliconServer storage systems enable organizations to maximize performance and reduce operating costs through the movement of software functions into programmable hardware. Since 1998, BlueArc has provided scalable and reliable products, services and solutions to help enterprises achieve unmatched productivity and profitability from their data. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, California, with UK operations based in Bracknell, England. More information on BlueArc is available on the Internet at www.bluearc.com.

About Meteor Studios

Meteor Studios officially opened in January 2001 as a joint venture between Evergreen Films, LLC and Discovery Communications, Inc. and has quickly become the largest visual effects facility in Montreal with over 120 employees dedicated to the highest level of visual effects and character animation. Our artists excel at bringing extinct species back to life and providing glimpses into civilizations past and future while creating images that are both visually stunning and scientifically accurate.

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