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Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Feb 16

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With more than 50 years combined experience in production and post-production, the executive team at Alliance Video and Post appreciate the importance of maximizing productivity. Faced with workflow issues in its five suite facility in Stamford, CT, the facility recently turned to shared storage technology from Small Tree, designer of simple-to-install, inexpensive Mac-based networking and shared storage products for professional video and audio editors.

Founded in 2005, Alliance Video and Post currently runs Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools across a mix of current Mac Pro and legacy Apple CPUs. To enhance workflow throughout the facility, Small Tree provided Alliance Video and Post with an Ethernet solution approaching Fibre Channel performance. Bob Zelin, a respected independent video engineer with more than 30 years experience, supervised the installation of Small Tree’s Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, along with its PEG6, a 6-port Ethernet card.

“The price point of Small Tree’s Ethernet solution really can’t be beat,” said Bruce Colgate, president of Alliance Video and Post. “If you go with a turnkey, shrink-wrapped solution from another company, you’re looking at two to three times the price. In these times, where every dollar spent is important, we decided that using the Small Tree solution was going to give us the best value, and we haven’t been disappointed.”

Having worked with numerous other technology companies throughout their years in the industry, Alliance Video and Post takes great stock in the customer support they receive from these companies when making purchasing decisions. For Colgate, the combination of Small Tree’s cost-effective shared storage technology and its high-level support has been critical in enabling his company to become more efficient.

“We’ve examined storage area networks from many of the industry’s most respected companies and while their solutions definitely improve workflow, it was cost-prohibitive” said Colgate. “Not only has Small Tree’s technology provided exceptional performance since installation, but their dedicated customer support has left a lasting positive impression.”

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert, making networking child’s play. Small Tree provides a complete portfolio of Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X customers. Small Tree’s team of networking developers has extensive experience in high performance computing, and knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers. Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense. For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit www.small-tree.com.

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