Since february this year my studio pipeline went 100% virtual. Due to several reasons I had to get rid of my physical, dedicated render farm, disk station, rack, pretty much the entire server room, and moved to cloud computing.
It goes without saying that it wasn’t as simple and straight forward as I had hoped. Setting up everything took several days (mostly trial/error), but in the end, I moved my entire license server, render farm, Deadline etc. to Amazon’s cloud computing platform.
I picked Amazon for no particular reason. I just had the most experience with it and didn’t really look elsewhere. The setup is so complicated that I didn’t want to invest any more time and money into setting up Azure or Google cloud. The only reason would, potentially, be the cost. Because, let me tell you, virtual computing isn’t exactly cheap.
I’ll discuss my setup, my experience and my reasoning for going to the cloud in my later posts.