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Network Appliance Draws Praise from Lucasfilm Animation

NetApp Disk Systems Help Power Lucasfilm Animation Data Centers (October 28, 2005)

Network Appliance, Inc. announced that Lucasfilm Animation is using NetApp FAS3000 series systems to power sophisticated and data-intensive computer animation applications at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, and its new studio facility in Singapore. Lucasfilm Animation and its subsidiary Lucasfilm Animation Singapore are part of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading movie and entertainment companies. NetApp equipment is also used in another Lucasfilm enterprise -- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) -- winner of 14 Academy Awards(R) for Best Visual Effects and 17 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards -- and the special effects house for many of this year's summer blockbusters, including Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

"Creating brand-new CG imagery today requires not only creativity and artistic vision, but also a high-performance, high-reliability technical infrastructure," said Cliff Plumer, Chief Technology Officer at Lucasfilm Ltd. "NetApp brought us industry-leading technology, performance, scalability and, most importantly ease of use."

The NetApp deployment at Lucasfilm Animation at both Skywalker Ranch and Singapore is based on NetApp FAS3050 systems running Data ONTAP(TM) 7G. With powerful FlexVol(TM) capabilities, Data ONTAP 7G is the ideal complement to intense compute grid environments, maximizing all storage resources as one large pool without requiring massive increases in storage capacity. 

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