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  1. Award-Winning Australian Video Agency Taps Small Tree and Digistor to Maximize Workflow

    September 11, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Melbourne Company Achieves Optimal Speeds and ROI with TitaniumZ-16 Shared Storage System Across 10GbE

    new-mcpherson-team1Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 9, 2014 — Delivering stunning video content for corporate, agency and government clients, New McPherson recently grew tired of its cumbersome workflow system. To accelerate its post-production process, the Melbourne-based agency turned to Digistor, digital media solution specialists, for expert counsel. After a thorough review of New McPherson’s setup, which included a range of direct connect external drives moving data from one workstation to another, Digistor prescribed a robust, scalable and ROI-friendly TitaniumZ-16 Ethernet-based shared storage system from Small Tree.

    “It was obvious after a brief call then a site visit with Pete Brownstein and Phill Gorini with Digistor that they had our backs and were looking at solutions that would not only perform as we required, but also give us the support we need to keeping growing with the business,” said James McPherson, Managing Director with New McPherson. “There was no point buying a solution that was not going to grow with us.”

    Featuring seven Dell, Windows-based workstations running Adobe Video applications, including Adobe Premiere Pro, AE and PS, there was a lot of duplication between suites to complete projects at New McPherson prior to installing the TitaniumZ-16 unit with 10 x 10GbE adapters. This meant longer lead times to complete client work and more hours wasted in file transfers across the network. In addition to wasting time, using portable drives to duplicate content between suites meant there was no safe, automated way for the agency’s video editors to back up their data.

    “We were keen to get a solution that would make us more efficient in our production pipeline and, more importantly, protect our clients’ projects,” McPherson said regarding the decision to select TitaniumZ-16.

    Capable of supporting numerous multimedia content creation workstations with a highly flexible mix of gigabit Ethernet and 10 gigabit Ethernet configuration options featuring storage capacities (raw) from 10TB to 1000TB (1 Petabyte), TitaniumZ is designed and tested to provide maximum performance for real-time video-editing workflows. The shared storage system works flawlessly with the entire Adobe Creative Cloud applications in addition to Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer, offering creative facilities optimal flexibility.

    “We loved the fact that the TitaniumZ-16 allows for direct connection for all of our suites,” McPherson stated. “Going with 10GbE was great as it meant we didn’t have to invest in expensive fibre optic cabling or a 10Gb switch infrastructure. We just plugged our suites directly into the Small Tree appliance and had exceptional speed for our design team to use with 10Gb cards.”

    Because Small Tree builds 10Gb ports directly into the TitaniumZ, there’s often no need for a switch. New McPherson was able to connect all of their workstations directly to the TitaniumZ, providing lower latency, reduced complexity and reduced cost of ownership (no support or software licensing concerns for a switch).  The result is an elegant workflow that’s less expensive and more performant than a similar Fibre Channel setup. New McPherson also used the 10GbE to connect an Infortrend EonNAS to use as a backup solution with RSync, which was preinstalled in Small Tree’s system.

    Available in a variety of drive configurations, from 5 to 144 supporting 16 to 144 concurrent ProRes 422 streams, with multiple network scalability options, and extremely easy to install, Small Tree’s TitaniumZ line of shared storage solutions can meet the demands of any facility, large or small.

    For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.


  2. Small Tree Provides End-to-End Workflow Solution for Advertising Agency

    August 20, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    TitaniumZ Solution Streamlines Digital Media Workflow

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    Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 20, 2014 Snitily Carr, a full-service advertising agency with roots in video production, needed to expand its capability to meet the growing needs of the agency’s clients. New tactics and technology provided more opportunities to serve clients, and the company now needed a digital media workflow strategy to match.

    To meet those challenges, the medium-sized agency called upon Small Tree to provide an end-to-end shared storage and networking environment that also included media asset management through axle Video, and LTO tape-based archival through Cache-A.

    “This is our first Small Tree box,” said Rhett McClure, Video Producer for Snitily Carr. “It’s great bang for the buck. So much so, that for the amount of storage we needed and the money we saved working with Small Tree, we were able to include media asset management as well as archival tape backup in the budget. The cost of the turnkey system from Small Tree was what others were quoting us for storage alone.”

    Snitily Carr provides traditional and digital marketing and production services for customers in a variety of vertical markets including healthcare, agriculture, financial services and retail.

    “Small Tree has been very easy to work with,” said McClure. “We’ve been plotting this whole transition for about 18 months and considered 10 or 12 different options over that time, as we tweaked what parts would fit where, and just how much storage and networking infrastructure made sense.”

    The agency now has a combination of both 10GbE and GbE workstations running Adobe Creative Suite accessing the TitaniumZ-8 storage server, including both iMacs via Thunderbolt to 10GbE, and a DaVinci Resolve color grading suite via 10GbE and PCIe.

    Media asset management and transcoding duties are handled by axle Video’s Gear appliance, which offers a radically simple media management solution at low cost.  Gear combines two rack mounted Mac minis in a tightly-coupled configuration with axle and Telestream software to create an optimized media management and transcode appliance in 1U of rack space.  The axle Gear system gives wider access to the contents of the TitaniumZ from laptops and iPads anywhere in the Snitily Carr organization, by creating searchable low-res proxies of all media files on the storage.  Axle Gear also provides a searchable browser interface with custom metadata, timeline-based selects and review and approval workflows.

    Completing the “ingest to export” workflow solution, Small Tree partnered with Serial Scene, a Chicago-based Cache-A authorized systems integrator, to handle the archival portion using a Pro-Cache6 LTO tape drive appliance.

    With the TitaniumZ’s  ability to support a variety of content creation software, its flexible mix of both GbE and 10GbE configuration options as well as future-proofed expansion possibilities,  TitaniumZ is designed and tested to handle real-world content creation tasks not just today, but into the future as well.

    “It’s really about serving our clients in a better way. Small Tree has made our creation process a lot easier,” said McClure, and “We can throw pretty much anything at it and it doesn’t complain.”

    For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.


  3. Leading Advertising Company Decreases Rendering Time from Hours to Minutes with Small Tree’s ThunderNET2

    June 17, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    10GbE Solution Allows Company to Scrub Across 4k with No Network Bottlenecks

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    New York City, June 17, 2014 — As a worldwide leader in entertainment and arts advertising, SpotCo faces tight deadlines that are often measured in seconds, not minutes. To ensure that file read times during post-production meet their demanding requirements, SpotCo recently installed the ThunderNET2 networking solution by Small Tree and the system’s performance has been much appreciated by its editing team.

    “The SpotCo video department is extremely happy with the ThunderNET2 and the 4 port Ethernet 10 gigabit (10GbE) card from Small Tree in our video server,” said Andy Bond, Video Editor with SpotCo, best known for their work with Broadway hits like Chicago, Kinky Boots and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. “We’re doing things like scrubbing across near 4k videos in After Effects and Premier with absolutely no network bottlenecks. No delays, hiccups, nothing. This has taken rendering from over an hour on 1GbE to a few minutes using 10GbE. And, opening a complicated 13Gb file from 20 minutes to less than a minute!  We couldn’t be happier thanks to Small Tree!”

    Created to support post-production pros’ increased processing power available with newly available products, including the Mac Pro 2013 machines at SpotCo, ThunderNET2 opens up a whole world of possibilities. Combining high performance I/O capabilities of Thunderbolt™ 2 with the flexibility of PCIe and Small Tree’s industry-leading 10GbE driver, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 provides creative media professionals a cost effective solution to integrate Thunderbolt equipped platforms into high performance storage and data networks.

    “Prior to installing ThunderNET2, SpotCo’s editors were working off a 10GbE switch, but were limited to 1GbE at the workstation and there was no way to get the info to the computers from the server quickly enough,” said Todd Miller, IT Manager with SpotCo. “Then the ThunderNET2 and 4 port 10GbE card from Small Tree came in and everything changed. That’s huge for anyone in the ad business, where completed projects have to be delivered by a certain deadline, otherwise, you could miss out on thousands of dollars.”

    ThunderNET2 boasts the widest range of 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to Thunderbolt equipped systems from Apple and HP, providing higher levels of network performance and connecting seamlessly to Small Tree’s Ethernet shared storage appliance, TitaniumZ, or 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. ThunderNET2 can also provide additional Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the user’s current network.

    Adding network bandwidth to any computer with a Thunderbolt™ 2 port, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 can be configured to support specific requirements, allowing customers to select the proper amount of bandwidth to meet both workflow demands and budgets.

    “In this business, there’s really no one else to consider other than Small Tree for solutions like this,” Miller stated. “They’re number one when it comes to writing software drivers for Mac users, which is really important. They know the ins and outs of 10GbE, and that knowledge can make a big difference in a smaller shop.”

    For more information on ThunderNET2, or any of Small Tree’s cost-effective shared storage and networking solutions, visit www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.


  4. Wheaton Bible Church a Believer in Small Tree Shared Storage

    June 5, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Performance and Simplicity of Use Ideal for Growing House of Worship

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    Chicago, June 5, 2014 — Often facing deadline lead times that are hours long, not days, Wheaton Bible Church’s video-editing team recently shifted from portable USB drives to GraniteSTOR Titanium8, an Ethernet-based shared storage solution from Small Tree.

    Located in the suburbs of Chicago, Wheaton features a congregation of nearly 4,000 members spread across several different ministries. To maximize engagement with its congregation, Wheaton develops its own content, capturing video with a DLSR camera and editing across Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. With an abundance of raw footage to edit and working against extreme deadlines, Wheaton needed an alternative to swapping files via USB hard drives across its workstations.

    Shelton Thompson, Technical Director at Wheaton reached out to Serial Scene, a Chicago based Small Tree partner, to provide consultation, system design and installation for the new Titanium8 shared storage system.

    “Our operation is far more efficient since installing the Titanium,” Thompson said. “We’re not waiting on files to load in and out to keep our workflow moving. Most of our projects are last minute and we have to turn them around quickly to be ready for viewing, whether it’s for one of our services or our website.”

    Featuring eight workstations consisting of iMacs, Macbook Pros, Mac Pros and a PC connected to the Titanium8, Wheaton’s editing team has been impressed by the Small Tree system’s simplicity and robust performance.

    “We have so many people that can be jumping in and working on a video project – including a lot of volunteers – so it was important to have a solid solution that everyone could use,” Thompson stated. “On the performance side, we have a lot of raw footage, so Small Tree’s shared storage has been great for centralizing everything, bringing that cataloging feature we needed to find files quickly and access simultaneously.”

    Titanium8 is a 2U rack-mount solution providing scalable and highly configurable options to meet the needs of editing groups of all sizes. Titanium supports popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files. The shared storage appliance supports multiple file Protocols, including AFP, Samba, NFS and iSCSI.

    Titanium8 is built on a customized open source operating system that was designed to be easy-to-use,  feature rich and reliable, while providing exceptional performance. Storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial startup and the powerful and convenient Web-based GUI makes management of the system straightforward and simple. Titanium8 supports file and volume replication as well as tape
    backup.  By using a Web-based browser, Titanium8 can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection, providing optimal convenience to post-production professionals facing tight deadlines.

    For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @SmallTreeComm.


  5. Leading Experimental Production Company Pushing Composites up to 20K with Small Tree Shared Storage System

    May 19, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    TitaniumZ-16 and ThunderNET Solutions Making a Huge Difference for Editing Team

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     New York City, May 20, 2014 — Dedicated to standing out in the world of experimental art by virtue of its technical and artistic rigor, 3-Legged Dog has carved out its place as a leading creator of experimental multimedia productions. Located in New York City, 3-Legged Dog recently installed a TitaniumZ-16 shared storage system and ThunderNET solution from Small Tree to accommodate the substantial amount of content the company’s editing team must work with on each project.

    “We’re pushing an insane amount of data – like composites up to 20K,” said Cameron Vokey, line producer at 3-Legged Dog. “With seven compositors working in composites between 4 and 20k, we needed a solution that would open up 10 gigabit Ethernet for us and that’s what the TitaniumZ-16 in tandem with ThunderNET did. It’s pretty impressive.”

    A 501(c)(3) company, 3-Legged Dog handles projects for a wide variety of notable clients, ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Express to Michael Kors and Lady Gaga.

    3LD shoots primarily with RED Scarlet and RED Epic Dragon cameras.  Leveraging Adobe After Effect’s outstanding capability to process native R3D files, playing directly off the TitaniumZ16, 3LD is able to greatly compress the time and simplify the editing process by eliminating the need for intermediate codecs. According to Vokey, the main composite size is over 35 million pixels per frame.

    The company’s editing setup currently includes nine Mac-based workstations (and six render nodes) running Adobe Creative Suite connected to a 48TB shared storage server designed by Small Tree to provide high performance sharing. TitaniumZ includes simplified setup and management, RAID protection for multimedia editing and Small Tree’s industry-leading tech support.

    “The system came in, I got on the phone with Small Tree and configured it quickly,” Vokey stated. “It’s incredibly easy to learn. On top of that, Small Tree’s customer service has been like the server itself…extremely reliable.”

    TitaniumZ systems offer optimal flexibility with the capability to work across multiple protocols (AFP, SMB, NFS and iSCSI) and platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro

    Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Final Cut Pro X, and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve. Available
    in a variety of flexible and scalable configurations, TitaniumZ can meet the demands of today’s 4K workflows whether they’re using Red, Arri or Phantom.

    “It sounds crazy, but we shoot a number of performances in 3D,” Vokey remarked. “We want to be able to edit that footage onsite with our own equipment and the TitaniumZ and ThunderNET systems will enable us to do so. The project we’re currently working on is so large that it almost entirely consumed the 48TBs and we had to stay vigilant in deleting files towards the end. But we know where to go when we need to get cranking on the next one.”

    For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @SmallTreeComm.


  6. Small Tree Unveils its Own Storage Operating System and Project Sharing Interface at NAB 2014 to Strengthen Company’s Shared Storage Solutions

    March 28, 2014 by Joe DiBenedetto

    ZenOS and Project Wrangler Deliver Super Fast Access to Video Editors

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    Oakdale, Minn., March 27, 2014 — At this year’s NAB, Small Tree (Booth SL11105) will unveil  its own storage operating system and new Interface to strengthen their already robust TitaniumZ all-in-one, real-time, Ethernet-based shared storage systems.

    Based on FreeBSD 10, Small Tree’s ZenOS operating system provides video editing teams using TitaniumZ with even better performance by capitalizing on Samba 4 and Native Avid Media sharing high speed multipath iSCSI support for super fast access from individual clients. Small Tree’s newly developed Graphical User Interface, Project Wrangler, is an iSCSI sharing tool that allows users to create, mount and share iSCSI projects quickly and easily, while also enabling Active Directory and Open Directory support for seamless integration, as well as NFS support for Avid and Final Cut X project and library sharing.

    “Talk to video editors and you learn quickly that what they want most of all are intuitive tools that eliminate waiting around for access to files and minimizing rendering times,” said Steve Modica, Small Tree’s Chief Technology Officer. “We developed ZenOS and Project Wrangler to ensure our TitaniumZ shared storage systems provide optimal performance and efficiency unmatched throughout the industry.”

    Small Tree’s TitaniumZ is capable of supporting up to 24 video editing workstations without needing an Ethernet switch, and was designed and tested to provide maximum performance for real-time video editing workflows.

    Offered in three scalable models – TitaniumZ-5, TitaniumZ-8 and TitaniumZ-16 – Small Tree’s popular shared storage product can be configured with up to 20 10GbE ports or 24 GbE ports with storage capacities (raw) from 10TB to 1PB (Petabyte). TitaniumZ can be upgraded on-site through advanced ZFS technology, which enables servers to seamlessly integrate newly added storage while keeping existing files intact.

    Providing high performance sharing, quickly and directly from the RAID, TitaniumZ systems include simplified setup and management, RAID protection for multimedia editing and Small Tree’s industry-leading tech support. Creative teams will feel the difference in increased performance and productivity immediately with any of Small Tree’s all-in-one systems featuring ZenOS and Project Wrangler.

    TitaniumZ was designed to be simple to setup and manage. The storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial startup, while the powerful and convenient browser-based Project Wrangler interface makes management of TitaniumZ straightforward. Using Project Wrangler, TitaniumZ can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection.

    All three TitaniumZ systems offer optimal flexibility with the capability to work across multiple protocols (AFP, SMB, NFS and iSCSI) and platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Final Cut Pro X, and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve. Available in a variety of drive configurations, from 5 to 144 disks, with multiple network scalability options, Small Tree’s newest line of shared storage solutions can meet the demands of today’s 4K workflows whether they’re using Red, Arri or Phantom.

    For more information on TitaniumZ featuring ZenOS and Project Wrangler, visit Small Tree at NAB (SL11105) or www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.


  7. Small Tree Introduces Specialty Thunderbolt 2 Gigabit Connectivity Solutions

    March 20, 2014 by Steve Modica

    New Line Up Works Seamlessly for Mac and Windows Systems

    Oakdale, Minn., March 20, 2014 — With its high performance I/O capabilities, Thunderbolt™ 2 is an extremely attractive tool for post-production professionals seeking to optimize productivity and efficiency. To further strengthen the workflow environment for those relying on Thunderbolt™ 2, Small Tree is introducing a new line up of specialty Gigabit connectivity solutions that work seamlessly with Mac and Windows systems.

    “Small Tree has updated its current Gigabit chip to the new Intel i350, which gives our customers a new range of features for supporting Thunderbolt™ 2 performance and power specifications,” said Steve Modica, Small Tree’s Chief Technology Officer.  “These new cards allow us to offer a wider range of products for connecting Mac or Windows systems with Thunderbolt™ 2 ports into optical and multiport environments for things like Link Aggregation, traffic monitoring and high security environments.”

    Highlighted by its recently introduced ThunderNET2 system, Small Tree’s Thunderbolt™ 2 inspired technologies add network bandwidth to any computer with a Thunderbolt port.  Features include the ability to daisy chain up to six devices to a single port on the host computer, whisper quiet normal operation and portable protection for any environment.

    ThunderNET2 provides creative media professionals a cost-effective option to integrate Thunderbolt equipped platforms into high performance storage and data networks. Small Tree designed the system, as well as it entire line of Gigabit connectivity solutions, to support post-production pros harnessing the increased processing power available in today’s all-in-one desktop and laptop computers.

    For more information on Small Tree’s line up of products dedicated to harnessing the full power of Thunderbolt™ 2, visit www.Small-Tree.com, or call 1-866-782-4622 for a price quote.

    Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.


  8. Brand New Media Selects Shared Storage Solution from Small Tree

    March 17, 2014 by Steve Modica

    Multi-Office International Digital Media Company
    Accelerates Workflow with Plug and Play Implementation

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    Singapore, March 17, 2014 Ideal Systems, an industry leading, multi-national systems integrator providing innovative solutions to broadcasting, telecoms and enterprise companies, recently integrated technology from Small Tree at Brand New Media’s broadcast facility in Singapore. Brand New Media (BNM) is a global digital media company that required a robust shared storage solution to accelerate its workflow without disruption to their infrastructure and manpower.

    “We came across Small Tree at the NAB conference (last year) and were really impressed by the company and their high performance networking and shared storage products,” said Fintan Mc Kiernan, CEO at Ideal Systems Singapore. “They have a great blend of hardware and software skills that allow them to create unprecedented bandwidth to their storage devices. This is going to be vital for our customers in Asia, such as Brand New Media, as they start to build out their capacity for 4K Ultra HD production work flows.”

    Working with many of the world’s biggest brands and broadcasters including Seven Media Group, Prime Media Group, TVNZ, StarHub, the Health Promotion Board of Singapore and NTUC Fairprice, BNM provides turnkey solutions via the creation and distribution of new content via their transmedia channels  television and all connected devices. Before installing a Small Tree TitaniumZ-16 with 128TB to accommodate the company’s continued growth, BNM relied on a series of portable hard drives and a 32TB server to meet its storage needs.

    “Due to the nature of our business, BNM is constantly looking for  solutions that are cutting-edge yet cost-effective to expand our server space and Small Tree’s TitaniumZ storage systems offer just the performance we need,” stated Colin Ng, Broadcast Manager at Brand New Media. “We look forward to the upkeep of our infrastructure and automating our data and server management to an unparalleled degree.”

    Capable of supporting numerous multimedia content creation workstations with a highly flexible mix of gigabit Ethernet and 10 gigabit Ethernet configuration options featuring storage capacities (raw) from 10TB to 576TB (Terabyte), TitaniumZ is designed and tested to provide maximum performance for real-time video-editing workflows. BNM has its eight workstations – Mac and Windows – at its Singapore location, seamlessly running a variety of multimedia software applications, including Apple Final Cut

    Pro 7, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. The shared storage system works flawlessly with the entire Adobe Creative Suite in addition to Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and Autodesk Smoke, offering creative facilities optimal flexibility.

    Available in a variety of drive configurations, from 5 to 144 supporting 16 to 144 concurrent ProRes 422 streams, with multiple network scalability options, and extremely easy to install, Small Tree’s TitaniumZ line of shared storage solutions can meet the demands of any facility, large or small.

    “The Small Tree system was simply ‘plug and play’,” said Colin Ng. “It happens to be one of the easiest pieces of hardware we have in our facility.”

    For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.

    About Brand New Media

    Brand New Media (BNM) is a global digital media company with offices and dedicated studios operating across Australia, Singapore, US and Europe. Brand New Media owns, creates and operates digital channels allowing leading brands to become broadcasters. Brand New Media’s ChannelPLAY platform delivers content and channels to all devices, anywhere and anytime, delivering an innovative and integrated marketing solution to brands. For more information, visit www.brandnewmedia.com.


  9. Small Tree to Showcase ThunderNET2 at NAB 2014

    March 4, 2014 by Steve Modica

    Capitalize on Thunderbolt 2™ Technology and Support
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    Oakdale, Minn., March 4, 2014 Small Tree, the Ethernet-based shared storage and networking specialist, will showcase its new ThunderNET2 solutions for post-production professionals at NAB 2014 (Booth SL11105). With ThunderNET2, users will be able to support 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously.

    Created to support post-production pros harnessing the increased processing power available in today’s all-in-one desktop and laptop computers, ThunderNET2 opens up a whole world of possibilities. Combining high performance I/O capabilities of Thunderbolt™ 2 with the flexibility of PCIe, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 provides creative media professionals a cost effective solution to integrate Thunderbolt equipped platforms into high performance storage and data networks.

    ThunderNET2 features improvements to Small Tree’s ThunderNET solution introduced last year and which already has provided major performance enhancements for post-production companies. One company whose efficiency has been optimized with ThunderNET is 3-Legged Dog (3LD), a community-oriented and artist-run production and development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds.

    “Using Small Tree’s ThunderNET, we’re pushing an insane amount of data – like composites up to 20K,” said Cameron Vokey, line producer at 3LD. “If we were using straight up Gigabit, this would not be happening. It needs to be as fast as Thunderbolt. We wouldn’t be getting the read/write speeds we’re achieving without ThunderNET.”

    ThunderNET2 boasts the widest range of 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air systems, providing higher levels of network performance and connecting seamlessly to Small Tree’s Ethernet shared storage appliance, TitaniumZ, or 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. ThunderNET2 can also provide additional Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the user’s current network.

    “With its more compact design combined with the 20% increase in performance, ThunderNET2 provides a very cost effective solution for Thunderbolt equipped systems,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. “Typically, these same systems don’t provide enough network connection flexibility for professionals in the creative fields. ThunderNET2 capitalizes on the new Thunderbolt™ 2 technology to create an affordable and extremely powerful solution for the post-production industry.”

    Adding network bandwidth to any computer with a Thunderbolt™ 2 port, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 can be configured to support specific requirements, allowing customers to select the proper amount of bandwidth to meet both workflow demands and budgets.

    For more information on ThunderNET2, or any of Small Tree’s cost-effective shared storage and networking solutions, visit www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.


  10. Academy and Emmy Award-Nominated Documentary Director Chooses Shared Storage from Small Tree

    December 16, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Kirby Dick Selects TitaniumZ-8 for Use at Chain Camera Pictures  

    Kirby-Dick-Invisible-WarLos Angeles, Dec. 17, 2013 Kirby Dick, an Academy and Emmy Award-nominated documentary director, best known for his work on This Film is Not Yet Rated, The Invisible War and Twist of Faith, selected Small Tree’s TitaniumZ-8 shared storage system for installation at Chain Camera Pictures in Los Angeles. After the successful implementation of the TitaniumZ-8 in the editing suite at Chain Camera Pictures, Dick purchased another Small Tree system for installation in his office located about a quarter of a mile away.

    Offering the right levels of storage capacity and connectivity to keep creative professionals working efficiently, TitaniumZ-8 is built on an operating system that was customized to be easy to use, feature-rich and reliable, while performing at a high level. Customers can choose from an eight-drive system with 2TB drives or up to an 80-drive system with 4TB drives. Both Small Tree systems with Dick and Chain Camera Pictures offer 32 TBs of storage and are configured to accommodate 6 GbE clients.

    “We were using an older RAID system for storage and were in desperate need of an upgrade,” Dick stated. “Prior to installing the Small Tree systems we were duplicating media and creating up to 3 TBs of hard drive backups each week. Now with the server-based solution we don’t have to do that, which is far more efficient for me and my team.”

    One of the most attractive features of the TitaniumZ-8 to Dick and his team is the system’s flexibility in working across multiple protocols (AFP, SMB, NFS and iSCSI) and platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Final Cut Pro X. The team had been working with Final Cut 7, but is currently shifting to Adobe Premiere. In addition to its flexibility, the TitaniumZ-8’s scalability played an important part in the decision to purchase this solution.

    “While we’re kind of a boutique documentary production company, when you get in the thick of a project and start bringing in someone for art or to archive material, you want to have the capability to introduce additional seats as needed,” Dick said. “With the Small Tree appliances, I know that we’ll be able to add to our current configuration easily and cost-effectively.”

    TitaniumZ-8 provides high-performance sharing, quickly and directly from the RAID, features simplified setup and management, and RAID protection for multimedia editing, and includes Small Tree’s industry-leading tech support. Configurable with up to 20 10GbE ports or 24GbE ports with storage capacities
    (raw) from 10TB to 320TB, TitaniumZ-8 can be upgraded on site through advanced ZFS technology, which enables servers to seamlessly integrate newly added storage while keeping existing files intact.

    For more information about Small Tree’s TitaniumZ-8 or any of its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.