Inside the DreamWorks data center

Conventional wisdom would likely conclude that a creative, IT-driven company like DreamWorks Imagination Studios must embrace all of the latest computing trends and that cutting-edge technologies like the cloud, virtualization and solid-state storage play leading roles in its data center.

Conventional wisdom would be mostly wrong.

About 15% of the servers at DreamWorks are virtualized, about 20% of the movie maker's computer-generated image rendering is performed using cloud services, and the company has yet to find a need for solid-state drives, said Mike Cutler, global director of infrastructure operations.

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