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Small Tree expands GraniteSTOR line, improves performance

April 5, 2012
Small Tree expands GraniteSTOR line, improves performance
OAKDALE, MN — Small Tree (www.small-tree.com), which specializes in video editing shared storage solutions, will showcase its expanded GraniteSTOR Titanium line up at NAB 2012. Titanium is a high performance, capacity dense, dedicated video editing shared storage appliance with advanced file sharing capabilities, enabling simple, realtime collaboration. 
 
An “all-in-one” system, Titanium has a special introductory price of $6,995 (valid until June 30), and offers extreme flexibility, supporting a wide range of performance and capacity requirements. With it, pro video editors with limited IT resources can focus on editing video, not on managing the infrastructure supporting their workflow.
 
Titanium16, a 3U rack-mount solution introduced in January, has been enhanced. It can now be configured with to 32 GbE or 20 10GbE ports and storage capacity can range from 32TB to 240TB, while delivering up to 72 streams of ProRes 422. This enhancement represents a 5x increase in capacity and a 2x performance increase compared to the initial release.
 
Titanium8 (pictured) is the newest in Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR line of high performance, affordable Ethernet-based shared storage systems. Titanium8 is a 2U rack-mount solution configurable with up to 14 GbE or 12 10GbE ports and a storage capacity ranging from 8TB to 120TB, while delivering up to 36 streams of ProRes 422. This represents 2.5x increase in capacity and the same performance as the Titanium16 at its introduction.
 
Titanium supports popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files. The Small Tree shared storage solution supports multiple file Protocols, including AFP, Samba, NFS and iSCSI. Final Cut X sharing, utilizing Final Cut X’s SAN location feature for events and projects, is possible on Titanium using iSCSI and Apple Xsan  (now included in OS X at no additional charge) or Tiger Technologies MetaSAN.  Post pros can rest easy knowing that no matter what software or platform they are working from, Titanium will work seamlessly in their environment. 
 
Titanium is built on a customized open source operating system that was designed to be easy-to-use, feature rich and reliable, while providing robust performance. Storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial start up and the powerful and convenient Web-based GUI makes management of the system straightforward and simple. Titanium supports file and volume replication as well as tape backup. By using a Web-based browser, Titanium can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection.
 
Storage, file server and networking are all contained in the Titanium chassis, which means users can connect an editing workstation directly to the system with no other networking equipment required. If additional editing workstations are required, a Small Tree switch is easily integrated with the new system. As a result of its flexibility, Titanium is well suited for many post environments.