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The Spinifex Group

The RS3614xs+ has exceeded our expectations in terms of performance under heavy load, ease of use and reliability to such an extent that we have recently added an additional unit, RS3617xs+, to our network as another file server and discommissioned our other file storage solutions. Martyn Pot, IT Manager

The Company

Spinifex Group are Creators, Innovators and Storytellers. With nearly 30 years of experience working across a broad range of formats from stadiums to intimate tablets and digital applications, Spinifex Group specializes in audience engagement through the design and production of imaginative, interactive and immersive media experiences. Cities have trusted Spinifex Group with their most important story-telling challenges like the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The branded entertainment of Spinifex Group reaches clients such as IBM, Cisco, Samsung, Nissan, Honda, Scion, and more.


Spinifex Group lighted the sails on Sydney Opera House at Vivid Sydney 2017, an annual outdoor lighting festival.


The Solution

As a motion graphics content company operating a mixed-OS studio environment, Spinifex Group needed a fast, reliable file server to replace an aging SAN system and unreliable high-end NAS unit from another major vendor. They deployed the RS3614xs+ prior to the busiest part of the year during which they needed to generate a multitude of high resolution motion graphics package to tight deadlines. Spinifex had 12 workstations working in After Effects and 3DS Max in a mixed PC and Mac etwork directly accessing primary assets from the Synology server. Simultaneously, they had around 72 managed render nodes accessing the same assets and generating very large image sequences back to the RS3614xs+. The unit proved to be utterly reliable, easy to deploy and faster than either of our previous storage systems.

The fact that the Synology unit supports both SMB and AFP protocols has been a massive benefit to Spinifex Group's mixed environment, allowing maximum network performance from both Windows and Mac platforms. "The RS3614xs+ has exceeded our expectations in terms of performance under heavy load, ease of use and reliability to such an extent that we have recently added an additional unit, RS3617xs+, to our network as another file server and discommissioned our other file storage solutions." commented Martyn Pot, IT manager of Spinifex Group.

The Deployment


The RS3614xs+ and RS3617xs+ are connected with bonded dual 10GbE to a Brocade switch stack. All 72-node render farm and 12 workstation clients access the NAS server using 1GbE network connections, as shown below:

Recommended Models

  • RS3614xs+
  • RS3617xs+

Recommended Features

  • User-friendliness of DSM
  • SSD cache for boosted performance
  • Support for major protocols that allows seamless deployment in a mixed OS environment
  • Central monitoring and management tools such as Storage Manager and Resource Monitor
  • Cost-effective storage solution
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