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Weta Digital Outsources its Infrastructure Services

"The collaboration between the three universities is an Australian first. It is to deliver data centre capacity at a lower cost than could be achieved independently, while securing greater flexibility and setting high standards for sustainability."

Professor Margaret Gardner, AO, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President

The customer

Weta Digital is a five-time Academy Award® winning visual effects and digital production services facility based in Wellington, New Zealand. Its reputation for creativity and delivery keeps it in high demand with some of the world’s leading film studios, and film credits include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin.

Weta Digital is a compute-intensive business, particularly since the production of the film Avatar (2009), which saw it build a data centre to house the largest number of CPU cores in the southern hemisphere at that time. Avatar used over 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of storage for the rendering of its 3D CGI effects.

Much of Weta Digital’s global reputation is in its ability to push creative and technical boundaries. Active in practical and foundational research, it has partnerships with a range of top research institutions around the globe.

Weta Digital has three petabytes (or 3,000 terabytes) of storage online at any one time. Its product array resold by Fujitsu includes NetApp storage and Brocade, Juniper and Arista networking equipment. The company’s render wall contains 5,000 compact and efficient HP Blade servers.

The organisation is composed of over 800 crew at any given time across multiple local sites, linked via a private fibre network. The network features a 10 gigabit core and 200 gigabits per second of capacity to the renderwall.

The challenge

To provide IT infrastructure procurement and maintenance of high capacity systems in keeping with Weta Digital’s international reputation for pushing technical and creative boundaries in delivering award-winning feature films.

The solution

  • Building a partnership with Fujitsu for the system design and architecture
  • Commissioning Fujitsu to undertake the relationship management with storage, networking and peripheral equipment suppliers
  • Outsourcing the majority of the evaluation, procurement, installation and ongoing maintenance of the equipment to Fujitsu

The benefit

  • Fujitsu has invested heavily in understanding Weta Digital’s business and developing relevant supplier relationships on its behalf
  • Ensures the right people and technologies allocated to the project
  • Supports security and confidentiality expectations of Weta Digital and its clients


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