Like many in the Media and Entertainment industry, Aaron Rhodes works in two worlds.
One minute he is orchestrating the creation and delivery of
engaging Virtual Reality stories and experiences using the
powerful Pixvana platform. The next minute, he is squarely
back in the real world, manually copying data files around on
his internal storage system trying to free up enough space to
store the next project in the pipeline. Every minute Aaron
spends managing his infrastructure takes away from the time
he gets to spend creating compelling stories for WunderVu
customers – the fun part of the job. Trouble is, the more work
the company receives, the more time Aaron has to spend
managing the WunderVu systems.
WunderVu is a Pixvana
production studio that
harnesses virtual reality to
deliver compelling, engaging,
and immersive digital stories
and experiences. Aaron
Rhodes is the Executive
Producer at WunderVu and
resident technology guru in
charge of keeping both the
company’s virtual world and
real world operational and
Being the in-house production company for Pixvana, WunderVu spends their day applying their
creativity to transform their projects into impactful Virtual Reality experiences that can be shared
across the globe.
WunderVu’s mission is to realize the potential of XR Storytelling and a key
component to immersion is resolution. That means big data, and lots of files! That also means Aaron
is constantly figuring out where to store all the assets that will be needed to create and complete
the next virtual experience.
Today, nearly all videos done by WunderVu are posted at 8k or higher. To achieve these resolutions
Aaron’s team typically photographs with anywhere from 2 to 17 cameras at once. Given these
parameters, a shoot could easily produce 1 to 10 terabytes of digital media. And that’s just the
beginning. As the video is transformed into the assets needed to create the final virtual experience,
multiple versions of the original content are created and stored locally.
“If backup was important 10
years ago, it is 10 times more
– Aaron Rhodes Executive Producer, WunderVu.
For Aaron, there was no “ah-ha” moment in which he suddenly realized he needed to back up his
local storage systems to the cloud. He always knew it was required. A quick review of his workflow
and operational needs told him that LTO was not a solution. Aaron found the LTO interface archaic
and the entire process time consuming, and it didn’t provide instant access to his files. He didn’t
want to wait hours or even days as a tape had to be shipped back to the office from off-site. Cloud
storage was the right answer.
The first step was to get the current data he had accumulated on his local storage system to the
cloud. He initially tried to use the Amazon Snowball data transfer service, but found the process
challenging and not user friendly. In addition, the storage and access cost of using Amazon S3
would weigh heavily on his budget. Instead, Aaron decided to try B2 Cloud Storage and use their
B2 Fireball data transfer service. He found the B2 Fireball easy to set-up and load, and once the
data was loaded in the Backblaze B2 cloud, it was straight-forward to get his local storage synced
with B2. In addition, the storage and access costs for B2 were 1/4th that of Amazon S3.
“WunderVu had been looking for a cloud solution for security
and simplicity, and B2 hit every check box. All our projects are
now securely in the cloud allowing us to incrementally add via
upload and selectively restore when needed.”
– Aaron Rhodes
Executive Producer, WunderVu.
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