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Small Tree Plays Big Role in "The Making Of" a Creative Agency Whose Workflow Improves Through Shared StorageSunnyboy Entertainment Installs GraniteSTOR ST-RAID Mobile System in New Facility (August 29, 2011) Sunnyboy Entertainment, post-production editors are working more fluidly as the creative agency’s workflow has improved substantially since installation of Small Tree’s 32TB GraniteSTOR ST-RAID Mobile system at its Los Angeles location.
Founded in 2007, Sunnyboy provides entertainment marketing services to promote upcoming movie releases, including talent interviews, Internet spots and the popular “making of” features that appear on HBO and other cable channels. As the agency prepared to move its operations to a new facility earlier this year, management decided it was time to implement a shared storage system so that its group of editors could work as a team instead of independently, as they were doing previously.
In preparation for the move, Sunnyboy contacted Small Tree, Ethernet-based shared storage and networking experts. The first step, according to Small Tree, was installing a Cat6 network fabric throughout the new facility for greater performance and cost efficiency. By installing Cat6, Sunnyboy was able to integrate a real time shared storage solution that provided the facility’s five Final Cut Pro editing suites with simultaneous access to hundreds of hours of media, while also improving workflow for the agency’s separate motion graphics division.
Sunnyboy had the Small Tree system up and running quickly, thanks to GraniteSTOR’s “plug and play” installation. The ease of install, along with the system’s transfer speeds, impressed Phillips and his team.
“I was impressed most by the transfer rates the ST-RAID system achieved over Ethernet,” Phillips said. “We had been using SATA and FireWire drives previously and transfer rates over the GraniteSTOR solution were much quicker. Additionally, it was great having three or four editors simultaneously pulling 1080p media for the same project without any hiccups.”
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