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Client Story

L’Atelier Animation Renders Business Value Through Partnership with Scalar

L’Atelier Animation delivers 3D feature animated films and television series with the help of StudioCloud and support from Scalar.

L'Atelier Animation

Montréal, Canada

Media + Entertainment

Objective

Provide ongoing guidance and input into the technology decisions that drive productivity improvements and help the animation studio thrive.

  • First Québec-based StudioCloud client
  • Cost control through sub-lease of excessive server space
  • Digital Content Creation (DCC) software supplier
  • StudioCloud
  • FortiGate next generation firewall
  • Autodesk (Maya, Shotgun)

L’Atelier Animation specializes in the production of 3D animated feature films and television series. Founded in Montréal in 2012, L’Atelier has distinguished itself by its choice of highly creative projects and its constantly evolving technological infrastructure. The studio uses the latest software and hardware to create eye-popping visual effects, relying on Scalar to assist with controlling technology costs and streamline the production process.

L’Atelier trusts Scalar to provide strategic options to meet its technology challenges.

Barthélémy Stevens, Head of IT at L’Atelier Animation, cites Scalar’s vast media and entertainment industry expertise and vendor connections as primary reasons why they have come to value Scalar’s guidance. With the ever-evolving technology landscape, constant change is a given, and it is tough to stay ahead of the curve. IT solution providers that understand the VFX industry are few and far between. The partnership with Scalar provides L’Atelier with access to the proven VFX IT expertise and talent required to propel their business forward.

Our StudioCloud agreement was a win-win for both parties and the easy render farm expandability provides us with an infinitely scalable pool of render capacity.

Barthélémy Stevens
Head of IT at L'Atelier Animation

Our Approach

StudioCloud

As the first Québec-based Scalar StudioCloud client, L’Atelier recognized early on that they could realize cost savings under the cloud model. With over 100,000 cores and four data centres across North America, Scalar’s StudioCloud gives L’Atelier a completely secure, fully managed, and scalable solution, at a compelling price point. When projects wind down, StudioCloud Exchange lets L’Atelier sublease or sell excess server capacity to any other studio using the service, making it an ideal way to recover costs and mitigate risk. Designed specifically for the media and entertainment industry, StudioCloud is MPAA audited. Stevens says, “Our StudioCloud agreement was a win-win for both parties and the easy render farm expandability provides us with an infinitely scalable pool of render capacity.”

Professional Services

Services include everything from informal advice through to formalized engagements, such as the recent firewall upgrade project where L’Atelier was looking to tighten security and replace an aging device. “L’Atelier needed a security recommendation along with implementation assistance and knowledge transfer,” said Davis Goodman, Solution Architect at Scalar. “We always strive to provide exemplary information and support, and the deep bench of resources available within Scalar allow us to problem-solve with our clients in a way that others cannot,” he continued.

Digital Content Creation (DCC) Software Supplier

L’Atelier relies on Scalar to support their DCC software, including Autodesk (Maya and Shotgun). “We don’t just recommend software; our clients trust us to understand the full range of applications available and deliver advice that supports their business objectives. Our goal is to be a trusted partner to our clients.” said Sylvain Plourde, Director of Business Development for Scalar’s Media and Entertainment practice.

L'Atelier Animation

The Outcome

The new firewall provides effective protection, adding intrusion prevention, application and user visibility, SSL inspection, and threat detection. Withm technology constraints addressed and a scalable model in place, the L’Atelier team has managed to minimize production disruptions and realize cost savings.

“As a strategic partner, we assessed where L’Atelier was at and developed a solution for that particular reality. But we do not stop there; we evolve with our
clients, as they evolve, and devise solutions to technology challenges as they arise,” said Plourde.

“We have been doing business with Scalar for many years and we have nothing but good things to say,” Stevens concludes.

We don’t just recommend software; our clients trust us to understand the full range of applications available and deliver advice that supports their business objectives. Our goal is to be a trusted partner to our clients.

Sylvain Plourde
Director of Business Development, Scalar Decisions

What We Did For This Client

  • Strategic Guidance on Technology Decisions
  • Professional Services: Firewall Upgrade
  • Managed Services: Provided Scalable Pool of Render Capacity
  • DCC Software Support on Autodesk (Maya, Shotgun)
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