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Small Tree to Reveal GraniteSTOR ST-RAID II at NAB 2011

Robust Direct Attached Shared Storage Technology Supports 6Gb SATA Protocol (January 31, 2011)
DMN Newswire--2011-1-31--At NAB 2011, Small Tree will unveil the first end-to-end, self-contained, Ethernet-based shared storage solution supporting the 6Gb SAS/SATA protocol with the introduction of GraniteSTOR ST-RAID II (Booth SL10505).

As with its original ST-RAID system, Small Tree's ST-RAID II includes direct attached shared storage technology designed specifically for Final Cut post-production professionals looking for economical, functional and easy to manage storage solutions.  

"ST-RAID II was the logical evolution to our original shared storage system," said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. "We've received a lot of interest from mid-size to larger post-production facilities looking for an Ethernet-based shared storage solution that would provide the performance of Fibre Channel without the budget-crippling cost."

Providing robust (greater than 600MB/sec), consistent performance over Ethernet networks while offering optimal cost-efficiency, ST-RAID II's low latency ensures there are no dropped frames in SD or HD. Available in 8-, 12- or 16-drive (1, 2 or 3TB drive) configurations, ST-RAID II produces significantly higher video stream counts and storage capacity, as well as a more robust performance at a similar price point to its popular ST-RAID solution.  ST-RAID II also offers tremendous flexibility, as more storage can be added easily for system expansion.

Bob Zelin, a well-respected independent video engineer who has worked extensively with Small Tree's original GraniteSTOR solution, looks forward to seeing ST-RAID II at NAB. "The ability of the GraniteSTOR system running 6Gb SAS/SATA should make it faster than any other competing product," Zelin said. "Small Tree's 6Gb RAID array in a 16-bay configuration should provide data rates up to 1600MB/sec, which is a data rate never before attainable."  

In addition to offering remarkable data rates, as a self-contained unit that doesn't require a Macintosh computer, ST-RAID II features optimal portability for the mobile environment.

"In an environment such as a mobile truck, having a single box that doesn't require a ton of cabling or space is unique and extremely attractive," Zelin continued. "ST-RAID II will allow mobile editors to have a shared storage solution that will run at unusually fast rates, because of the new 6Gb SAS/SATA technology, without having to worry about a million components."

Small Tree will showcase ST-RAID II at NAB 2011 in April. The product is expected to be ready for market by Q2.  

Designer of simple-to-install, affordable Mac-based networking and shared storage products, Small Tree is the premier multi-port Ethernet networking technology provider for OS X customers, enabling cost effective Ethernet shared storage technology. For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit or follow Small Tree on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.   

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