There has been much discussion lately about render farm services as well as building or buying rendering machines. We are refreshing our farm, but also working with a new IT service provider who is pushing us to look at various cloud providers for on-demand computing. We have also discussed doing a total cost of ownership analysis of the farm, not sure where to start with that...
That being said, I have a few questions for the group:
How many of you are using dedicated, in-house render farms?
In your opinion, what are the benefits of dedicated render power, downsides?
What are the breakdown between uses, between animation rendering (frames) and distributed rendering?
Of course feel free to add as much or as little detail to your response, I don't want anyone to reveal competitive secrets.