Air Bud Selects Cohesity for Modern Solution from Edge to Cloud

Film Production Company Sees Big Savings with Cohesity

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At a Glance

Air Bud faced an immediate decision regarding its data management infrastructure when the existing legacy environment completely gave out.

Challenges

The IT team often struggled with issues in the legacy Veritas NetBackup environment and the time required to recover files was so excessive the studio often had to push deadlines or adjust plans if files were not recovered quickly.

Solution

After only four months from evaluation to implementation, Air Bud deployed Cohesity for next-generation backup and recovery. More than 90TB of data is backed up to Cohesity, and the IT team easily uses Cohesity to move additional data to AWS Glacier for archival storage.

Results

Having Cohesity in place has come at the right time, enabling immediate time and cost savings, and putting them in position for future scalability. Restoring from the cloud is greatly streamlined and takes far fewer resources and is completed within a day.

Overview

Air Bud Entertainment has been around for more than 20 years, producing family-friendly entertainment and films under the Air Bud and Disney Air Buddies franchise. The more than 20 Air Bud Entertainment films have brought joy for countless children, parents, and grandparents and are distributed across multi-media and digital platforms. The company has offices in Malibu, CA and production is run from its Vancouver, Canada studio location.

Challenges

Air Bud faced an immediate decision regarding its data management infrastructure when the existing legacy environment completely gave out.

As imagined for a film production company, the studio has millions of files, and in the last several years the company has doubled the daily number of files generated. With the need to archive all data indefinitely, the IT team mandated a solution to handle millions and millions of files, with the ability to do file level recovery and seamlessly archive to the cloud. While the IT team had been storing data in the cloud, the process was completely manual and took an excessive amount of time to archive data, and restoring from the cloud was even more tedious.

The IT team often struggled with issues in the legacy Veritas NetBackup environment such as failed tapes, physical restraints to storing tapes, and difficulty retrieving assets from tape. In addition, the time required to recover files was so excessive the studio often had to push deadlines or adjust plans if files were not recovered quickly.

Air Bud looked for the following capabilities in a data management solution:

  • Cost-effective, next-generation solution for simplified backup and recovery
  • Ability to manage millions of files with secure data protection
  • Reduce file recovery times to meet film production deadlines
  • Seamless integration with leading public cloud storage providers

Solution

Air Bud began evaluations to choose a new solution, including replacing its legacy systems with a different tape provider, as well as considering modern hyperconverged solutions like Cohesity. The company has just over one petabyte of data and more than 80 servers in its Vancouver datacenter. With the requirement to store all data for an indefinite time period, even a basic legacy infrastructure replacement was going to be very expensive and cost prohibitive. In the end, Cohesity’s hyperconverged solution with a single web-scale platform was the superior option for the company.

“Many solutions we looked at had cumbersome roundabout ways of managing our data environment,” explains Clark. “In our business, if we cannot restore data for our production teams fast enough, then that may mean we miss production deadlines or our film isn’t launched on Netflix when we want. The Cohesity solution was key to our bottom line.”

Air Bud deployed Cohesity DataProtect and DataPlatform Cloud Edition.

We have seen tremendous transformation across all of our business since implementing Cohesity. Here at Air Bud Entertainment, not having a next-gen data management solution was costing us time and money, and even sometimes affecting our film production schedules. Cohesity has provided the simplicity and speed for data backup and recovery that we needed across our entire IT environment. The entire solution is just quick and easy.”

– Tyson Clark, Technical Director, Air Bud Entertainment

Results

After only four months from evaluation to implementation, Air Bud deployed Cohesity for next-generation backup and recovery. More than 90TB of data is backed up to Cohesity, and the IT team easily uses Cohesity to move additional data to AWS Glacier for archival storage. Having a hyperconverged solution has transformed many business operations for the film company.

Air Bud has realized significant time savings with Cohesity. If an employee needed a 30-second movie clip from five years ago, often an IT associate would have to search up to 40 tapes simply to find the clip, and then restoring it would take even more time. The Google-like search capabilities and features in Cohesity have been instrumental in creating efficiency for the company. With Cohesity, restoring from the cloud is greatly streamlined and takes far fewer resources and is completed within a day.

The entire backup process has been greatly simplified, with tremendous time and cost savings. Tape maintenance and storage space costs, such as $100 fees simply to deliver a tape from storage, were eliminated with Cohesity. In its previous environment, Air Bud was unable to restore files while a backup was in process, and each backup took over an entire week. Cohesity transformed operations across the entire company, and the majority of backups are completed within 30 minutes, with the ability to backup and restore at the same time, often with multiple backups running at once.

Additional significant cost savings have been achieved during the filming process. With the ability to do fast backups with Cohesity, data from a full camera card is now downloaded easily, and put back into production. This process took an entire day previously, and now is just under two hours, allowing film crews to use fewer camera cards, with a savings of up to $15K per shoot.

Air Bud realized many benefits with Cohesity including:

  • Single web-scale platform for simplified and fast backup and recovery
  • Native integration with AWS for seamless cloud storage
  • Significant cost savings for IT and film production crews
  • Intuitive interface and top-notch support allow for easy deployment, helpful monitoring and reporting, as well as easy transition for upgrades and adding nodes

 

With exponential data growth, and targets for producing a new series for the Disney Channel US and adding to its Pup Star movie franchise on Netflix, Air Bud Entertainment is not slowing down. Having the Cohesity solution in place has come at the right time, giving the media powerhouse immediate time and cost savings, and putting them in position for future scalability. We’d call that a slam dunk.

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