OWC 12.4

Google buys Zync cloud rendering platform

The Zync cloud-based rendering service, which has been used on major films, including Flight, American Hustle, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and others, has been bought by Google. That’s right, Google.

The platform, supporting software such as Maya, Nuke, V-Ray, Mental Ray and Arnold, was created about five years ago by the owners of Boston’s Zero VFX Brian Drewes and Sean Devereaux. It was built to fill a need they had while creating visual effects for films and television spots.

“Zync was designed to not only leverage the benefits and flexibilities inherent in cloud computing but to offer this in a user-friendly package,” says Drewes. “Pairing this history with the scale and reliability of Google Cloud Platform will help us offer an even better service to our customers — including more scalability, more host packages and better pricing (including per-minute billing). With a friction-free, affordable, and elastic rendering solution, visual designers and artists in the industry can continue to do their best work.

“Yes, we are excited, and yes, great things are coming,” he continues. “But we most especially want to thank our customers, our partners in the VFX software industry and our phenomenal team for getting us to where we are today.  Our service will be back and better than ever on Google Cloud Platform.”



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