BAFTA and multi-award winning production studio, Jellyfish Pictures, today announced the opening of two new virtual visual effects (VFX) facilities in Oval, London, creating the very first virtual VFX studios in Europe and marking great advancements in the way VFX practitioners work. The new sites are in addition to Jellyfish Pictures’ established studios in Brixton, South London, and Fitzrovia, Central London, and increase capacity by a further 70 artists, taking the company’s total workforce to nearly 200 employees.
With no hardware housed onsite, Jellyfish Pictures’ Oval studios operate in a completely PC over IP environment and are powered by its Brixton facility, which accommodates the new studios’ servers. Exponential-e provided a 10 Gig Ethernet network, enabling Jellyfish Pictures to virtualise distributed Strongbox Technology workstations through Teradici’s remote visualisation solution and connect all four of its offices onto the same circuit. All sites sit on the same logical WAN, which provides access to Software Defined Storage (SDS) from Pixit Media and enables remote collaboration and support for flexible working practices. The Oval offices allow for a heightened workplace experience for the artists thanks to the elimination of any noise pollution emitted from servers, additionally advocating a more efficient and economic way of working. As well as providing a scalable solution, the PC over IP office is ultra-secure, with support managed remotely and directed to a central source rather than individually across 100 different desktop computers. Read More