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  1. Where the Customer is Always King

    August 11, 2010 by Joe DiBenedetto

    inMotionLocation: Ottawa, ON
    Industry: HD video production and post-production
    Working Environment: Final Cut

    An award-winning HD video production company with an unrivaled reputation for delivering creativity and value, inMotion DVS offers unmatched multimedia production, digital audio production and live event support services to its corporate, government, institutional and broadcast client roster.   (more…)

  2. National CineMedia Reaps Benefits of “Blockbuster” Shared Storage Technology at “Indie-Level” Prices

    by Joe DiBenedetto

    NCM Media NetworksLocation: Centennial, CO
    Industry: Production and post-production
    Working Environment: Final Cut

    As a leading resource for cinema advertising and in-theatre events, National CineMedia (NCM) is responsible for keeping early arrivals to movie theaters entertained before the main feature begins.  (more…)

  3. Network Hub and Switch and Router or Network Switch vs. Hub and Router?

    July 30, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Can you tell the difference between an Ethernet network switch, an Ethernet network hub, and a router? If you need a way to direct data requests over a network you use at least one, if not all three of these tools to do it. Network switch, hub, and router technology lets you access networks of servers and their users; network access hardware.

    Sharing similar appearances has made it hard for the switch to stand out from the hub and even the router. The router connects you to the internet so most users know more about the router than the network switch or hub. No joke, the router rules and the switch and the hub are just pawns. So what DO we know? (more…)

  4. Is Ethernet Faster Than Fibre?

    July 28, 2010 by Steve Modica
    As IT managers struggle to answer the age old question, “Is Ethernet faster than Fiber Channel?” you may realize the better question to answer is “Can Ethernet networks really provide more performance for less costs that Fibre Channel? (more…)

  5. About 10Gb Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC)

    July 27, 2010 by Steve Modica
    Network Interface Card(NIC) is a hardware device that allows you to connect a computer to a network. Each NIC has a unique media access control (MAC) address that allows it to be recognized by other components of a network that it connects to. (more…)

  6. Teton Gravity Research Scales Workflow Boundaries with Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR Shared Storage Solution

    July 26, 2010 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Action Sports Production Company Achieves Growth by a Factor of 3 with GbE Storage System

    Teton Village, WY, July 26, 2010 — As one of the fastest growing brands in the action sports industry, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has developed a reputation for capturing edge-of-your-seat HD and 3D footage exploring the physical and emotional limitations of world-class athletes that is as exhilarating as it is jaw-dropping. Unfortunately, as film projects continued to come in, TGR’s team of editors faced workflow limitations as challenging as any mountain or wave the athletes in their films faced. To alleviate those limitations, TGR recently installed Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR ST-RAID, a Mac-based Gigabit Ethernet shared storage solution. (more…)

  7. Network Switch 101

    July 21, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Known as a network switch, or sometimes a switching hub, this tool is responsible for making connections between all of the systems and equipment that you want to interact and share data together. When this device directs information, it does so using the different data link layers of the Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model). The OSI model divides a communication system into layers, where one layer services another. Network hubs and repeaters are not designed to reduce collisions on the network in the same way as a dedicated full duplex network switch which will work to boost speed. (more…)

  8. Do I Need Shared Storage?

    July 20, 2010 by Steve Modica

    What we have been talking about in recent articles are networks: Network connections using Ethernet copper wires in local area networks that link you to all the computers, printers, and storage devices that you have working together from one room in your home or office to the next. While all your questions may have been answered learning how to get the job done at home, the office often requires more network attention because “that’s your business.” However, it all depends on how many connections you need, how many users you have, what you need to share, and how much it will cost to get what you want. That’s the reality. (more…)

  9. About Building Video Editing Networks for Less

    July 16, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Creating an inexpensive video editing network for your business is not taken seriously enough most of the time. Why do small teams of editing professionals have all these questions surrounding building a video editing storage area network (SAN) for less? Well, the answer is not as simple as the 5 Steps in How to Build a Video Editing Network for Less. Even though the future of shared SAN’s may still be in Fibre Channel (FC) and InfiniBand protocols, today’s offices already have the Ethernet infrastructures in place. These inexpensive types of networks need to run on that and nothing more. Even today, the truth is hidden behind tag words, keywords, and the word of salesmen from firms who specialize in Fibre Channel networks. They would rather you pay the extra expense of installing a new system of FC and hard-to-maintain software to network and share your data, rather than giving you the best way to solve your problem for less. (more…)

  10. How to Build a Video Editing Network for Less

    July 15, 2010 by Steve Modica

    Ask any design firm competing for video editing contracts and they’ll tell you that they have a need to build a quick,affordable video editing network in order to remain competitive and timely with their clients and project deadlines. This sentiment gets a resounding confirmation from all video editing firms that rely on small teams to accomplish big goals. In an industry that requires perfection with speed and collaboration, the need to efficiently share files among team members is undeniable. Without advances in technology, companies without the ability to share and store their proprietary products would see projects begin to pile up on their local drives as demand for more production grows. Overcoming this common obstacle is easy. Learning how to build a shared video-editing network can be done for less then you might think. (more…)