“Sneaker Net” an Uncomfortable Fit for Animation Company

Ethernet-Based Shared Storage Offers Higher Work Efficiency

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Industry: Creative animation and effects
Working Environment: Six Final Cut workstations

An award-winning creative production studio, 8fish employs exceptional video editors, producers, directors and animators to provide impactful creative animation and effects for its clients.


For creative professionals, nothing is as frustrating as having the creative process impaired by technological limitations. 8fish editors had reached their frustration limitation with the “sneaker net” system they employed – editors running from one workstation to the next to copy project files.


To resolve project tracking headaches and eliminate the need to copy files from one workstation to another, 8fish welcomed Small Tree’s Ethernet-based GraniteSTOR solution, unique OS X networking technology supporting multiple Ethernet ports tightly integrated with Apple’s built in file sharing system, AFP. Featuring a PEG4 4-port Ethernet card and Edge-corE ES4524D 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, GraniteSTOR offered the throughput needed at the budget-friendly cost it desired. Today, 8fish’s six workstations are able to read, write, copy, digitize, play and render files concurrently, making work more enjoyable for the studio’s editing team.


Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert specializing in affordable Ethernet-based networking and shared storage products for the Media and Entertainment industry. Consisting of networking developers who have extensive experience in high performance computing, Small Tree’s team knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.

Respected throughout the creative industry, Small Tree’s customers include many of the industry’s leading facilities, as well as a growing number of smaller production houses who require greater throughput while paying close attention to their bottom line. Additionally, a number of the industry’s giants, including Apple and Intel, often look to Small Tree to support their existing technology.