Press Release: 02 June 2015

DreamWorks Animation Selects HP to Automate Its IT Infrastructure

HP will enable DreamWorks Animation to deliver applications and IT services more quickly and reliably

LAS VEGAS, June 2, 2015 — Today, HP announced that DreamWorks Animation has selected HP to automate its IT infrastructure. By deploying HP Datacenter Care - Infrastructure Automation, HP is providing an agile deployment model, enabling DreamWorks Animation to manage its infrastructure as code to continuously deliver applications and services more quickly and reliably.  

According to IDC, the average number of application deployments per month for Fortune 1000 companies is expected to double in two years.1 By automating, high-performing organizations can deploy code 30 times more frequently with 50 percent fewer failures.2

“As we continuously push the boundaries of digital animation, we require a much faster and more reliable way to deliver applications and IT services,” said Derek Chan, Head of Global Technology Operations, DreamWorks Animation. “With a strong technology partner like HP, we are moving toward a new agile model that will enable IT with a greater capacity to innovate.”

For more than a decade, HP solutions and services have supported all areas of DreamWorks Animation’s production processes, digital infrastructure and business divisions. This latest collaboration with HP will provide advice, support and tools to help DreamWorks Animation transform business ideas into customer value through software development and IT service delivery with agility, speed, efficiency, and reliability. For IT operations, this service will enable fast release cycles without interrupting production systems.

HP Datacenter Care - Infrastructure Automation features open source tools, including Chef, to improve reliability and agility for IT environments. Chef’s IT automation platform turns infrastructure into code so datacenter management is versionable, repeatable and significantly less costly.

“Automating infrastructure makes IT a strategic asset that can meet the growing demands being placed on IT teams to rapidly deliver applications and IT services,” said Scott Weller, senior vice president and general manager, HP Technology Services Support, HP. “With Datacenter Care - Infrastructure Automation, we’re providing DreamWorks Animation high degrees of automation and collaborative software delivery processes.”

With HP’s robust support and advice tailored to DevOps environments, DreamWorks Animation will be able to reliably adopt and scale lean and agile IT. The HP Datacenter Care - Infrastructure Automation global Center of Excellence (CoE) will provide guidance and best practices for infrastructure as code and processes, along with support for tools that automate how DreamWorks Animation builds, deploys, and manages infrastructure. HP will also conduct proactive assessments and review tools usage quarterly to identify challenges, opportunities for improvement, and plan for future needs.

HP Datacenter Care - Infrastructure Automation is now available to customers worldwide. More information is available at: http://www.hp.com/services/datacentercare

About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list.  All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 31 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.

1 IDC Research, DevOps Best Practices Metrics: Fortune 1000 Survey, December 2014 #253155

2 2014 State of DevOps 2014, Puppet Labs, 2014

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