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The Mill Averts Rendering “Perfect Storm” With Avere Systems

Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, today announced that The Mill, an innovator in the field of visual effects, has deployed Avere FXT Series Edge filers to improve its render workflow.

The Mill creates moving image content, design and digital projects for the advertising, games and music industries and requires a high-performance infrastructure with fast turnaround times.

Jonathan Brazier, group systems manager for The Mill explained, “Rather than working on a single project for 12-18 months, we’re producing commercials on a weekly basis. So a render process that is effective is essential to our workflow.” He added, “The complexity of our work is always increasing and The Mill was looking for a cost effective product that would enable us to keep pace with the ever changing needs of our clients.”

The solution the company chose was an Avere FXT Edge filer cluster. “The installation process was extremely straightforward,” says Brazier, “we had the cluster installed and running within a few hours and with very little disruption to our render farm. It’s proven great value for money compared to the other options that are available.” With the help of Avere, The Mill can continue to deliver the quality of work its clients expect.

“Offering a solution to accelerate mission-critical storage dependent workloads without requiring a massive reengineering effort is a key advantage of Avere and a significant benefit for companies like The Mill,” said Ron Bianchini, CEO, Avere Systems.

About The Mill

The Mill has been producing high quality visual effects content, digital projects and design imagery for the advertising, games and music industries for over 24 years. Priding itself on forming partnerships built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies, offering a world-class creative team. The Mill collaborates with the world’s best advertising agencies, groundbreaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands.

At the centre of The Mill is a creative culture of talented artists made up from multi-national and home grown backgrounds encouraging and nurturing innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas. This enables The Mill to offer world leading visual effects and creative solutions across their studios in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Mill is consistently recognized by peers and clients for delivering outstanding work and has earned the most prestigious industry awards including Cannes Grand Prix and Gold Lions, an array of D&AD Awards including the only VFX Studio on the D&AD’s 50th to be named most awarded and recognized for Pencil wins, APA’s, British Arrows, AICP's, CLIOS and VES Statues.

About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s hybrid cloud solutions give companies – for the first time – the ability to put an end to the rising cost and complexity of data storage by allowing customers the freedom to store files anywhere in the cloud or on premises without sacrificing the performance, availability or security of their data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and Tenaya Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

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