Keeping Technicolor at the Forefront of an Evolving Industry

first_imgWhen most people see the name Technicolor they probably think of “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone With The Wind,” and other classics from Hollywood’s golden age. Today however, Technicolor is doing much more than simply capturing indelible movie images and Dell is providing the infrastructure and cloud client-computing solutions to help create the latest on-screen magic.Technicolor was an early pioneer in photographic processes and constant innovator that transitioned to an all-digital workflow in 2013. To achieve the change-over from traditional 35mm film, the company needed a dynamic, elastic infrastructure that was streamlined for operational efficiency. Technicolor’s network and data storage also needed to be highly-secure, in order to safeguard works in progress even as the storied Hollywood firm added multiple access points and expanded its global footprint.These challenges were compounded by technology trends reshaping the entertainment industry. Having largely embraced a 4K high-definition standard, content creation and editing had become enormously CPU and storage-intensive. While an hour of standard-definition digital video required roughly 13GB of storage or nearly 217MB per minute, an hour of high-definition 4K digital content could require as much as 110GB of storage – eight times as much – or approximately 2GB per minute. With larger file sizes, creating effects, dropping in new sequences, moving media, and watching seamless edits in “native 4K” required huge processor power, significant networking bandwidth, and redundant storage capabilities that most VDI solutions are not equipped to handle.That’s why Technicolor relies on Dell’s powerful 13G PowerEdge servers to handle the processing load of rendering and editing and our Wyse thin and zero client endpoints to help keep their clients’ intellectual property and production workflows secure and safe from prying eyes. Specifically, our Dell private cloud architecture and desktop virtualization options provide a single vendor, end-to-end solution that lets Technicolor dazzle directors, producers, and ultimately audiences with many of today’s most compelling entertainment, video game, and VR experiences.&nbsp;</p><p>Leveraging our trusted and purpose-built cloud solutions and Wyse endpoints, Dell helps the 100-year old company stay on the cutting edge of visuals and sound, while expanding its capabilities in the U.S. and overseas. Dell also helps Technicolor strengthen its security posture in an industry that has seen its share of hacking and data incursions. In the same way, Dell’s cloud client-computing infrastructure is trusted by Technicolor’s primary customers, which include the largest media and entertainment firms in Hollywood including Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros., who need to know that their I.P. will be safe during the all-important post-production interval before the curtains can rise at a theater near you.To learn more about how Dell’s Could Client-Computing solutions can help your business with data security and CPU-intensive applications, visit dell.com/wyselast_img read more

Concert raises awareness

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community were treated last to select songs from two different artists with personal connections to Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame on Thursday. Trent Romens, whose sister, Taylor Romens, is a senior at the College, and Pat McKillen, a graduate of Notre Dame, were welcomed to Saint Mary’s campus for a benefit concert held by the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon. Amy Tiberi, president of Dance Marathon, thought the benefit concert got the message the committee was trying to get across to the community. “The concert went well. We had a good turnout and I think that everyone who came to see the show really enjoyed both of the performers,” Tiberi said. “Trent and Pat both tailored their sets to our audience which was really awesome.” Tiberi said the committee was hoping for more people to be at the show, but they were by no means disappointed with the crowd. “You always hope for the best in terms of turnout,” she said. “Trent and Pat were both awesome. Both have an acoustic style and they were a great way to relax on a Thursday evening for friends. It was great entertainment overall.” Kate Kellogg, vice president of finance for Dance Marathon, said the event was a success. “All of our proceeds went directly to Riley Children’s Hospital and we raised about $200, not including any donations we received from the texting campaign,” Kellogg said. “We hope to continue with other texting campaigns in the future at other Dance Marathon events.” Kellogg said it was a great way to spread the word about the Dance Marathon and to continue to raise awareness on campus and throughout the community. “This is the first time we’ve done a concert in the fall and it was a fun way to kick off our pre-registration for the marathon which is on March 23,” she said. “We have had 126 students registered thus far. Moving forward, we have upcoming giveback nights at local restaurants such as Between the Buns and Chipotle later this semester.” Tiberi said the committee is thinking “Rock Out for Riley” will continue to be an annual event for Dance Marathon as it grows in the future. “We have a Riley Family Dinner in the Noble Family Dining Hall coming up on Nov. 30,” she said. “Right now, our biggest focus is building more awareness for what Dance Marathon is and recruiting dancers for our event in March. We have a lot of momentum building right now and we are just trying to carry it to next semester so we can keep the ball rolling. It’s really exciting to see all the potential this year has for us.” Tiberi, Kellogg and the rest of the Dance Marathon committee will be holding a texting campaign during Riley Week in February and again on the day of the marathon, March 23. More information will be available as the dates get closer. Contact Jillian Barwick at [email protected]last_img read more