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Hollywood's Digital Effects Leaders Leverage Pluribus Networks for High-Performance Connectivity
Pluribus Networks, a leader in open networking and next-generation software-defined networking (SDN), today announced a new customer relationship with Metro Digital Group, a leader in the design, implementation and service of rich media production pipelines for the entertainment and broadcast industries. Metro Digital Group is a managed service provider (MSP) whose offerings include state of the art storage systems, servers, workstations, render farms, networking, and a variety of specialized applications targeting the video and special effects industry. 

Metro Digital Group's customers include some of Hollywood's leading creative companies and agencies that generate visual effects, movies, commercials and content production for the world's largest brands. Because of the unique nature of their work, these customers require extremely deterministic, high-performance connectivity and deep visibility, as well as iron-clad security and privacy to protect the content upon which they work. Because of these critical requirements, the public cloud is not an option.  Metro Digital Group is offering a private, secure solution to these demanding customers by deploying Edgecore open networking switches featuring Pluribus Networks software to securely connect rendering servers with workstations and ensure the performance needed to securely move massive quantities of media, graphics and images at high speeds. 

"Metro Digital Group customers require very high-performance networking at scale. In many cases, we're talking petabytes of data. What the IT teams at our customers want, in addition to high capacity and performance, is a window of visibility into the network, and to control it from a security standpoint, and they get that with this solution," said John Pankratz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Digital Group.

"Metro Digital Group has a fascinating customer base whose creative genius and work touches our lives every day. From a networking standpoint, they're as demanding as their Hollywood clients. High capacity at high speed is an absolute requirement. They're moving petabytes of data between workstations and rendering servers daily. Pluribus and Edgecore not only deliver the speed and capacity they require, we're able to provide an additional layer of value through the visibility and control we deliver through SDN automation," said Kumar Srikantan, Chief Executive Officer of Pluribus Networks.

Open Networking with Edgecore and Pluribus

Edgecore now supports Pluribus Netvisor ONE OS on seven different high-performance white box switch models, enabling choice and flexibility to Metro Digital Group customers as they design their data center and private cloud networks. 

Pluribus Netvisor ONE is a Linux operating system purpose-built to optimize the power and performance of bare metal open networking hardware. It is based on the open source FRRouting project and is instantiated in one or more lightweight containers on bare metal leaf-and-spine switches. The switches are Open Compute Project (OCP) and Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) hardware compliant, providing an open, secure and programmable next-generation network OS. 

Pluribus' Adaptive Cloud Fabric radically simplifies network operations in highly distributed environments with the power of fabric-wide automation and troubleshooting, while improving performance and reducing latency with fully distributed network services. Pluribus' controllerless SDN approach uniquely delivers on the promise of network automation and programmability in a highly efficient and resilient manner, with absolutely no controller-to-switch latency penalty even when deployed across distributed data centers. 

Pluribus UNUM is a unified management platform that integrates a comprehensive range of advanced management capabilities, including workflow automation, topology visualization, network diagnostics and integrated performance analytics.
Published Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:37 PM by David Marshall
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