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News: Wheaton Bible Church a Believer in Small Tree Shared Storage
on Jun 5, 2014 at 6:34:31 pm

Performance and Simplicity of Use Ideal for Growing House of Worship

(Chicago, Illinois--June 5, 2014) Often facing deadline lead times that are hours long, not days, Wheaton Bible Church’s video-editing team recently shifted from portable USB drives to GraniteSTOR Titanium8, an Ethernet-based shared storage solution from Small Tree.

Located in the suburbs of Chicago, Wheaton features a congregation of nearly 4,000 members spread across several different ministries. To maximize engagement with its congregation, Wheaton develops its own content, capturing video with a DLSR camera and editing across Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. With an abundance of raw footage to edit and working against extreme deadlines, Wheaton needed an alternative to swapping files via USB hard drives across its workstations.

Shelton Thompson, Technical Director at Wheaton reached out to Serial Scene, a Chicago based Small Tree partner, to provide consultation, system design and installation for the new Titanium8 shared storage system.

“Our operation is far more efficient since installing the Titanium,” Thompson said. “We’re not waiting on files to load in and out to keep our workflow moving. Most of our projects are last minute and we have to turn them around quickly to be ready for viewing, whether it’s for one of our services or our website.”

Featuring eight workstations consisting of iMacs, Macbook Pros, Mac Pros and a PC connected to the Titanium8, Wheaton’s editing team has been impressed by the Small Tree system’s simplicity and robust performance.

“We have so many people that can be jumping in and working on a video project – including a lot of volunteers – so it was important to have a solid solution that everyone could use,” Thompson stated. “On the performance side, we have a lot of raw footage, so Small Tree’s shared storage has been great for centralizing everything, bringing that cataloging feature we needed to find files quickly and access simultaneously.”

Titanium8 is a 2U rack-mount solution providing scalable and highly configurable options to meet the needs of editing groups of all sizes. Titanium supports popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files.The shared storage appliance supports multiple file Protocols, including AFP, Samba, NFS and iSCSI.

Titanium8 is built on a customized open source operating system that was designed to be easy-to-use, feature rich and reliable, while providing exceptional performance. Storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial startup and the powerful and convenient Web-based GUI makes management of the system straightforward and simple. Titanium8 supports file and volume replication as well as tape backup. By using a Web-based browser, Titanium8 can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection, providing optimal convenience to post-production professionals facing tight deadlines.

For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, or @SmallTreeComm.


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