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Shared Storage Technology Improves Workflow in Valencia Community College s Video Production Department

Productivity Increases after Installation of Small Tree Equipment (May 11, 2009)
DMN Newswire--2009-5-11--On campuses across the country, professors continue to turn to technology to ensure that their students have access to lectures, lessons and other materials critical to their success. At Valencia Community College in Orlando, a full-service video production department works with professors to create DVDs and online instructional videos that provide students with crucial information to their studies. As these tools have become more popular among the schools professors, the video production department was recently faced with a workflow problem that would often delay project completion. To streamline its workflow, the production department installed 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. 

Featuring two workstations running Final Cut Pro across Mac G5s, Valencias video production department was experiencing severe bottleneck issues prior to installing Small Trees Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, along with its PEG4 4-port Ethernet card ? both of which are a part of Small Trees new GraniteSTOR product line. According to Michael Maguire, a producer in the schools video production department, the Small Tree system has had a huge impact on the departments improved workflow.

"Since installation [of the Small Tree equipment], overall workflow has improved dramatically with our productivity up more than 200%," stated Maguire.  "Along with performance, one of the largest benefits of the Small Tree system is its affordability. We need to pay close attention to our budget and simply cannot afford to spend the $50,000 a similar solution would cost. With Small Tree, we get exceptional performance at an unbelievable price."    


From its humble beginnings in 1967, Valencia has become an innovative leader in higher education with a national reputation for teaching excellence. With more than 50,000 students attending its four campuses and two centers annually, Valencia is the fifth largest of Floridas 28 community colleges.

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert, making networking childs play. Small Tree provides a complete portfolio of Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X customers.  Small Trees 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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