• STUDENT CREATIVITY
      FLOURISHES AT RINGLING
      WITH 10X FASTER
      COLLABORATION

RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN

QUICK FACTS
Industry: Media

“DDN plays an extremely important role in our environment. We don’t believe in jump drives or portable hard drives. It’s really rewarding to see what our IT team has been able to do with our high-performance DDN storage that lets any student get on any machine at any time and be creative.”

Dr. Larry Thompson
President of Ringling College of Art and Design

For 84 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has been cultivating the creative spirit in students from around the world with its well-respected Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) program in 11 disciplines, including Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Gamer Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography & Digital imaging and more. Located on Florida’s Gulf coast, the college attracts close to 1,300 students each year from 48 states and 60+ foreign countries.

Read their case study to learn how high-performance DDN® Storage has helped Ringling College of Art and Design:

  • Staff and Students can play HD, 3D and 4K streams directly from the SAN 10 times faster without any frame loss thus speeding collaboration and project completion
  • With its powerful storage and compute environment, the school rendered 2.8 million frames in one week, which would have taken 89 years to complete on a high-end workstation
CHALLENGES

  • Explosive data growth caused by high-resolution, digital file-based workflows created a demand for future-proof storage that could scale on demand
  • Use technology to support art as a tool – like production, commercial environments – so that students are free to be creative without having to manage technology or deal with interruptions to their work
  • A robust, reliable and transparent storage infrastructure was required to accommodate the college’s desire to give students seamless access to all their digital assets, regardless of platform or location
  • Avoid the management, access difficulty, cost and complexity of siloed storage

SOLUTION

  • DDN’s SFA10K® and SFA12K® with 1.6PB delivers industry-leading density, performance, reliability and efficiency.

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Students can push the boundaries of the creative process without any technical concerns or limitations
  • DDN delivered the best price-performance, enabling the college to maximize its storage ROI
  • Ringling College’s partnership with DDN will enable the school to future-proof its storage infrastructure and meet the demands of 4K and next-gen media production

TECHNICAL BENEFITS

  • The ability for storage to work seamlessly with a variety of commercial workflow apps, including Pixar RenderMan, Adobe After Effects and Chaos Group’s V-Ray, streamlines project completion
  • DDN’s built-in redundancy and high-availability features ensure optimal uptime