Weta Digital, a leading New Zealand visual effects studio, today announced it is migrating the majority of its IT infrastructure to the Amazon Web Services public cloud, to support increased remote working and “ultra-scale” workflows.

The studio, which designed, animated and composited characters like Gollum and the landscapes of Avatar, says public cloud will be able to better scale as the studio expands and can host 100s of its proprietary tools and support its virtual production service.

“Weta Digital has been an innovator in the visual effects industry for decades. By adopting AWS’s ultra-scale infrastructure, we can implement a proprietary cloud pipeline and globally scale our production to greater levels than ever before,” said Prem Akkaraju, CEO of Weta Digital.

 “Weta established a remote collaborative workflow in March due to the pandemic to seamlessly continue work on the Avatar sequels and other films. With the power of AWS, we can now take that success to a global scale. 

Akkaraju says the cloud infrastructure will better allow artists to work remotely and without technical limitations, as well as provide access to emerging technologies like machine learning and data analytics.

Amazon announced its new customer today, saying Weta Digital will be able to spread its workloads more efficiently across its numerous global data centres using its elastic compute services.

“Today’s announcement reinforces the important role technology has to play in driving the future of our economy by helping to support local businesses like Weta Digital to showcase some of New Zealand’s best ideas and services to the world,” said Nick Walton, Managing Director for Commercial Sector at AWS in New Zealand. 

“We see New Zealand as a hub of innovation, and we are proud to work with Weta Digital to leverage AWS’s leading portfolio of innovative services to accelerate the studio’s digital transformation and help them compete quicker than ever before.”

image: wetafx.co.nz

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