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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.


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