Render More Business Value with StudioCloud

StudioCloud Overview

Serving the World’s
Largest Animation and
Visual Effects Studios

Designed specifically for the media and entertainment industry, StudioCloud takes the burden of technology off your hands to let you focus on creating great work. With over 500,000 cores and seven data centres across North America, we offer a completely secure, fully managed and infinitely scalable solution for studios of any size. Plus, we’re MPAA-audited.


Scalable Capacity

Access our infinitely scalable pool of render capacity with the term length that suits your projects.


Flexible Pricing

For baseline render needs, choose a longer-term lease with lowest price per node and day. Add shorter-term rentals for project-based work.



Deploy an entire studio of infrastructure in days to weeks —including workstations, storage and core network.


StudioCloud Exchange

Sell or sublease excess servers to other member studios to recoup your costs and mitigate risk.

Case Study

CDW StudioCloud: Powering Superhero Films & Streaming Your Favourite Cartoons

CDW StudioCloud provides a flexible menu for animation and VFX studios in need of compute to render animation and VFX for films, television and streaming. These services can be deployed as an extension of studios’ on-premises workflow.

How it Works

Select the location you want to render, connect to our Animation/VFX render purpose-built data centres via dark fibre and light up render capacity with the look, feel and security of being on your premises. If access to talent and tax credits means you need to shift locations, just scale up capacity at a new StudioCloud site. If your nodes are idle, you can sub-lease them at a higher rate than you paid.

Strategically placed locations. Our data centres in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal serve you via an ultra-high-speed network. You get high-performance, low-latency data transfer for faster job cycles.

Outside talent and tax credits. Need to access outside talent or take advantage of tax credits? We make it easy. Just scale up capacity at a new StudioCloud site.

Scale up at a moment’s notice. Increased capacity is yours for the asking, and it’s yours without the expected capital outlay. Tell us what you need, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Sublease your nodes with Studio Exchange. With StudioCloud Exchange, your IT budget can be a profit centre. Excess server capacity can be subleased or sold to any other studio using our service. It’s the ideal way to recover costs and mitigate risk.

Technical Specs

High Security

A fully air-gapped network accredited by MPAA and Disney/Marvel, plus data centre redundancy with access control and security cameras.

Fully Managed

24/7 monitoring and support from StudioCloud engineers, backed by CDW’s own network operations and security operations centre.

Dark Fibre

Our data centres in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles connect you via an ultra-high-speed network for high-performance, low-latency data transfers.

Purpose Built

StudioCloud is designed for animation and VFX, with high core count, frequency, and memory compute nodes.

Blazing Performance

PowerEdge servers are fully optimized for AMD EPYC™ processors to deliver performance for the most compute-intensive HPC workloads, while extending access to more departments and projects.

Reduced Costs

Powerful AMD EPYC™ processors reduce the number of processors and servers required — so you can save on licensing costs and boost performance within a tight research budget.

Our Approach

We Meet You Where You Are


Our certified experts will provide a suite of assessment services to help your organization understand your current level of maturity and plan steps to continue your journey towards an optimized technology environment, with focus on growth, portability, manageability, observability, resiliency and security.


We will help you build the plan to train your people, update your processes and implement technologies to accelerate your ability to handle current and future technology needs.  Our experts take your business goals and objectives and turn them in to implementation plans and architectures that drive success for your organization.


Our services help our customers train skills, change processes and implement technologies that deliver on business goals and objectives. From industry-leading professional services to staff augmentation services, CDW solutions and services provide what is needed to help customers be successful in their most complex projects.


Managed services are core to our ability to assist customers. More and more organizations are looking to consume “as a service” and our managed services SOC and NOC support customers with 24/7/365 coverage of their critical systems.

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