Pricing

  • Workstation pricing- Linux
  • Workstation pricing- Windows
  • Workstation pricing- Linux
  • Workstation pricing- Windows

As part of operating your studio infrastructure on Amazon Nimble Studio, you will need persistent storage such as Amazon FSx for Windows or Lustre, a rendering orchestration system such as AWS Thinkbox Deadline, and an identity management system such as Active Directory (AD). As part of the StudioBuilder deployment in Amazon Nimble Studio, you will provision a new virtual private cloud (VPC) with the following infrastructure: 

  • FSx for Windows 
  • AWS Managed Microsoft AD 
  • AWS Thinkbox Deadline resources

If you deploy your studio with the StudioBuilder defaults, you will incur additional costs (see estimates in the table below) for the persistent infrastructure inside your VPC in addition to the Nimble Studio virtual workstation pricing. Pricing may vary based on your studio configuration and utilization.

AWS Service Estimated Cost per Month Description
Document DB $202 Database for rendering with Deadline
EC2 (for RCS) $62 Deadline Remote Connection Server (RCS)
EC2 (for NAT Gateway) $33 Enable instances in a private subnet to connect to the internet
FSx for Windows $130 Persistent data storage and file system for workstations and rendering
VPC Endpoints $139 Optional. Private connections between your VPC and supported AWS services
Directory Services $88 Active Directory Identity management
Total $654  

Pricing examples

Example 1

Studio X is working on one episode of a TV show and has 25 artists on staff. The studio administrators provision their virtual workstation for all-around performance and cost savings, using g4dn.4xlarge with 16 vCPUs and 64GB of memory. All artist virtual workstations are running on Windows for an average of 200 hours a month.
 
Reminder: As stated previously, for each unique user launching a Windows streaming workstation you will be charged a Microsoft remote desktop service (RDS) subscriber access license (SAL) fee of $4.19 for the month in which the streaming session occurred.
Virtual Workstation Instance  Cost per Hour Cost per Month Artists Hours per Artist Total Cost
g4dn.4xlarge - Windows $2.173 N/A 25 200 $10,865
Windows RDS License Fee N/A $4.19 25 N/A $105
          $10,970

Example 2

Studio Y is a visual effects (VFX) studio working on creature shots for an upcoming film. Studio Y has 50 artists on staff working on 200 shots. 30 of their artists use the default instance type, g4dn.4xlarge for Linux with 16vCPUs and 64GB of memory for all the modeling, animation, and compositing tasks. 10 of the artists also use the default instance type, g4dn.4xlarge but use Windows for texture painting with Photoshop. The last 10 artists are the effects artists creating simulation and volumetric data out of Houdini so they need the most performant workstation, g4dn.16xlarge with 64 vCPUs and 256GB of memory for Linux. All artists are working for an average of 200 hours a month.
 
Reminder: As stated previously, for each unique user launching a Windows streaming workstation you will be charged a Microsoft remote desktop service (RDS) subscriber access license (SAL) fee of $4.19 for the month in which the streaming session occurred.
Virtual Workstation Instance  Cost per Hour Cost per Month Artists Hours per Artist Total Cost
g4dn.4xlarge - Linux $1.348 N/A 30 200 $8,088
g4dn.4xlarge - Windows $2.173 N/A 10 200 $4,346
g4dn.16xlarge - Linux $4.874 N/A 10 200 $9,748
Windows RDS License Fee N/A $4.19 10 N/A $42
          $22,224

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