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Introduction

YellowDog uses public cloud services, supplemented by unused compute cycles from PCs and data centers, to compute-intensive tasks such as the rendering of animations and stills for film and design studios.

Highlights

  • With an increasing amount of digital content, the demand for 3D rendering from film studios, graphic designers, animators, and special effects companies is growing rapidly, and as these creative industries adopt ever-higher resolutions, the compute-intensive nature of the rendering task increases still further.
  • The use of off-premise resources for web application development and scaled out deployment when coupled with agile development and lean start-up methodologies can generate sophisticated solutions within a relatively short timeframe, and the use of cloud can scale that solution to a wide potential audience.
  • The cloud market, particularly in the IaaS and PaaS arenas, remains highly dynamic. While the initial phase of the market was dominated by three large providers, the accompanying ecosystem continues to develop, with new entrants, new partnerships, and new technologies, all of which can change the balance of competitive advantage.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how public cloud services are being used for 3D rendering tasks in the media and broadcast industry.
  • Assess how cloud services help to level the playing field for startups, enabling them to gain visibility and compete on a wider stage.
  • Compare cloud partners with a number of parameters in mind, including performance, customer support, flexibility, and ecosystem.

Key questions answered

  • How can underused processing capacity be aggregated for use in compute-intensive tasks?
  • How can cloud services be used to deliver a managed business service?
  • How can digital service provider start-ups take advantage of advice from business incubation programs, innovation funds, and partner programs?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Developing a cloud service to simplify 3D rendering

  • Setting the business context
  • The role of ICT in solving the problem

Lessons learned

  • Abstract cloud complexity to focus on your core business
  • Choose cloud providers carefully in a dynamic market

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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