Shared Storage Technology Leads to Greater Efficiency

Shared Storage Technology Leads to Greater Efficiency


Location: Atlanta, GA
Industry: Production and post-production
Working Environment: Six Final Cut workstations

From High Definition production to BluRay disc creation, Biscardi Creative Media is a full-service, script to screen creation company. 


CHALLENGE

Faced with an abundance of post-production projects, including three feature length documentaries and an episodic television series, BCM management needed to ensure that project deadlines were met and client satisfaction was maintained by successfully managing workflow efficiency among the facility’s six Final Cut workstations while keeping an eye on the company’s bottom line.

Solutions

Having estimated that installing a Fibre Channel solution would run approximately $45,000, BCM achieved robust performance and nearly $25,000 in cost savings with the installation of a 16TB shared storage system featuring Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR products and unique OS X networking technology, which supports multiple Ethernet ports tightly integrated with Apple’s built in file sharing application. By installing the GraniteSTOR solution, consisting of Small Tree’s PEG4, a 4-port Ethernet card and Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch certified to work with Small Tree’s technology, BCM is running six real-time streams of compressed HD across Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, the system’s scale-ability provides BCM with much-needed flexibility as the company continues to grow.

MAXIMIZING WORKFLOW

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert specializing in affordable Ethernet-based networking and shared storage products for the Media and Entertainment industry. Consisting of networking developers who have extensive experience in high performance computing, Small Tree’s team knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.

Respected throughout the creative industry, Small Tree’s customers include many of the industry’s leading facilities, as well as a growing number of smaller production houses who require greater throughput while paying close attention to their bottom line. Additionally, a number of the industry’s giants, including Apple and Intel, often look to Small Tree to support their existing technology.