Burrows CGI Taps Aspera for Collaboration Between London and U.S.

Aspera, creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, announced that Burrows CGI, a leading automotive visualization studio, has deployed Aspera’s high-speed synchronization software to effectively collaborate on projects between London and the U.S. 100 times faster than by using traditional sync and replication technologies. Aspera Sync offers Burrows a scalable data synchronization solution connecting numerous disparate systems and streamlining operations in support of their global workflows.

In recent years, Burrows CGI made strategic improvements to globalize its infrastructure. The company provided shared resources between its offices with the aim of creating a global 24/7 CG pipeline for the streamlined completion of up to 40 projects at any one time. However, with large datasets to move between 180 staff, limited bandwidth, and high latency, this proved a difficult task to fully implement.

Burrows recognized the need for a high-performance, scalable, and cost-effective file-synchronization and replication solution that supported different backend file systems, differing network topologies and security protocols, and selected Aspera Sync after evaluating alternative technologies.

Burrows also chose Aspera Console to provide a visual insight into the data transfers. It provides a centralized view of all Aspera Sync transfers whether they were automated or manually executed by users, and a mechanism to generate reports to be analyzed at a later date.

“Aspera has been critical in allowing us to utilize our studios and workflow,” says Mike Owen, head of systems, Burrows CGI. “It allows us to choose where best to place incoming work, eliminate potential workflow bottlenecks and to shift time-consuming render farm processing around our offices while maintaining data integrity. This has proved a very reliable and cost-effective way of providing pop-up satellite offices without decreasing the functionality users would expect from our infrastructure at headquarters.”

He continues, ‘The end-user ease of use is unbeatable and we’ve been able to free up staff time for less admin-heavy projects resulting in greatly increased efficiency. Aspera Sync allows us to drive Burrows CGI forward as a truly global business. Aspera’s European-based support team has also provided us with outstanding on-going support.”

“We are delighted we can support Burrows CGI with implementing a global workflow,” comments Bruce Brewer, European sales director, Aspera. “Aspera is committed to on-going product development and innovation to ensure we fully meet the changing needs of our global customers – Aspera Sync and its deployment at Burrows is a key example of this.”

Demonstrations of Aspera Sync and Console, along with the entire suite of Aspera high-speed transfer software will be available at IBC2013 stand 7.K30.