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Pixar’s Tractor -1.6.5 is now available

Tractor 1.6.5 (1149182) is now available from the Pixar our download site.  

Tractor 1.6.5 provides important performance improvements and bug fixes over the 1.6.4 release.

You can view the full set of Tractor 1.6.5 release notes in the Pixar tractor support forum.

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eyeon - Bundle Up Special

Bundle up for February!

Bundle Up Special
Add Generation AM or Dimension to your existing Fusion (6.31 required or higher) for the astounding price of $595 - your choice of one software package
$995 for the Generation AM and Dimension

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Press Release: Storm FX launches Technical Breakfast Workshop Series

Press Release

Storm FX launches Technical Breakfast Workshop Series

Sydney, February 6th 2013 – Storm FX, the leaders in providing design, modeling and finishing solutions and services, are pleased to announce the launch of their Technology Breakfast Workshop Series commencing in March 2013.

With a distinguished line-up of Engineers presenting from leading technology companies such as  Arista, EMC, Citrix, VMware, Fusion-io, Spectralogic, Xenon and more, these workshops will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to gain an in-depth understanding on topics such as Archiving, Networks, Storage Systems, Data Security and Virtualization.

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Tech Breakfast Series - Archiving and Data Analytics


Storm FX Tech Breakfast - Archiving and Data Analytics

Selected industry experts guide you through 2 core themes Archiving Technologies and Data Analytics.

Session 1: Future-proof archiving, constant data access and how to utilise data analytics to enable new revenue streams

This workshop will take you through active archive concepts, tiering, tape formats, data integrity, media lifecycle management, LTFS, LTO-6 and much more.

Learn how LTO archive technologies work, what they are and how they differ.
Get hands-on with professional LTO tape libraries and their inner workings and learn why it is essential to archive to tape and not to single disks.

Session 2: Data Analytics: Defining Big Data and how to enable new revenue Streams

When looking into Data Analytics we will show you how you can access petabytes of data across several isolated databases and storage systems to open new revenue streams.
We explain how cutting-edge technology is able to leverage existing information and allows you to gain new insight into your current business.

Presented by;

Mike Grayson - Systems Engineer, Spectralogic

Mike Grayson is based in Sydney, Australia, and has been working with Spectra Logic libraries for more than four years. As a Support / Installation / Systems Engineer for SGI, a large multinational HPC manufacturer, he is also fully conversant with the Spectra Logic product line and has assisted in the architecture and ongoing maintenance and upgrade of small, medium and large library configurations.

Mark Burnard - Solution Architect, Greenplum

Mark Burnard has consulted in Information Management Strategy over many years, providing advice to clients including banks, airlines, universities and utilities. The emergence of unstructured data, “big data” and new data types and sources means that the traditional approach to getting value from data needs to evolve. Mark is a recognised thought leader in this area, having presented at industry forums such as The Data Management Association ( and Big Data and other conferences. Mark currently works for EMC Greenplum where he advises on Solution Architecture for Information Management in the era of Big Data.


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8:30am - Introductions and Workshop overview

9:00am - Archiving Technologies presented by Mike Grayson

- What are the differences between Backup, Archive and Active Archive.
- Active Archive concepts
- Tape Technologies
- Ensuring your data for the long term

9:30am - Breakfast Served

10:00am - Data Analytics Presented by Mark Burnard

- Big Data – what is it (and how much is just hype)
- Why big data challenges traditional paradigms
- Some interesting case studies from Australia and around the world
- What could it mean for us?

11:00am - Q&A

11:30am - Sessions end

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Technology Breakfast Workshop Series


Tuesday 30th April 2013 - Data security and Virtualisation

How to prevent data leakage from your company and leverage virtualisation for high-end graphics applications.

Concerned about your valuable data hitting the internet or be stolen by unauthorised parties Learn about existing technologies that can protect your intellectual property and how to virtualise desktops to further enhance data security.

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