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Partnership Provides Affordable Storage Solutions for Everyday Mac Users (December 18, 2006)

DMN Newswire--2006-12-18--Small Tree Communications, a leader in networking and storage solutions, and top ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) storage provider 2˚Frost Data Solutions have developed a strategic partnership to offer everyday Mac OS X users high-performance, low-cost storage technology.  As a result of this partnership, Small Tree will deliver its multiport Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) cards and switches to 2˚Frost for use with the companys Mac AoE storage technology.   

An ideal alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel for audio and video production houses, as well as small and medium businesses, AoE technology uses standard Ethernet to provide fast, low-cost and scalable shared networked storage.     

?AoE storage is the most far-reaching storage technology to date, so for Small Tree, a partnership with 2˚Frost was a logical extension to our business plan, stated Derek Robb, vice president of sales and business development.  ?This partnership will give users the robust and affordable solution they require to increase bandwidth, streamline workflow, improve efficiency and further customer satisfaction.  We look forward to working closely with 2˚Frost on additional packages that will be of great interest to those looking to strengthen productivity without hurting the bottom line.  


2˚Frost recently announced the introduction of Mac AoE Storage, a series of turnkey solutions that allow Mac-based networks to scale from a single terabyte to multiple petabytes of shared storage at a price significantly lower than iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage systems. The combination of Small Trees technology with 2˚Frosts has provided MacBook Pro and Mac Mini users with a shared storage solution for the first time. 

?Our goal is to provide Mac users with a cost-effective storage alternative, said Sue Frost, 2˚Frost co-founder and CEO.  ?AoE capitalizes on Ethernets ubiquity, enabling users to install a robust solution without overhauling their entire

infrastructure.  Using Small Trees technology to enhance our state-of-the-art storage solutions, were able to offer a line of products meeting stringent network requirements while also servicing various budget restrictions. I expect our Mac AoE Storage turnkey solutions to be only the first in a long line of ventures using Small Trees innovative products.    

About Small Tree Communications

Small Tree is dedicated to providing unique leading-edge enterprise networking solutions for Apple Mac OS X.  With world-class high-performance computing experience from its team of networking and kernel developers, Small Tree brings new technology peripheral products to meet 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, or visit   

About 2˚Frost Data Solutions

Based in Bellingham, Washington, 2˚Frost is a technology company whose mission is to deliver the benefits of ATA-Over-Ethernet turnkey storage solutions to the Mac OS X Community. 2║Frost is led by a core team with more than 15 years experience specializing in designing, developing and supplying innovative first to market software applications and products for Macintosh. The companys software division developed and introduced the first Mac OS X Network Driver for AoE storage.  Today, 2˚Frost continues to further develop application solutions for AoE Storage on Mac OS X.  For more information, please contact 2║Frost Data Solutions at 1-360-450-2133, email or visit

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