San Francisco, CA (June 8, 2005)–Small Tree Communications, developers of enterprise networking solutions for Mac OS X, is previewing Blaze–a new remote file sharing system designed specifically for Macs–during the WWDC Show in San Francisco this week. Blaze offers users the ability to store large data files, such as uncompressed HD video, on a fileserver rather than local to each client and allows clients to access these files at speeds similar to the local disk.
Blaze is a high performance file system designed to work with the high performance networking products Small Tree is noted for, such as 10Gb Ethernet and InfiniBand. It provides remote file sharing that is completely transparent to client applications and works as if the user were accessing files on a local disk. Additionally, Blaze can drive data similarly to the maximum speed of a Gigabit Ethernet link.
Currently in Alpha development, Blaze is expected to be available in the 3Q. Small Tree is working with five partners to target the file system’s performance and features to better serve the media space and its high performance InfiniBand customers.
To validate its performance, Small Tree ran Blaze using the Final Cut Pro application, the professional video industry’s standard tool for precise editing. In addition, Small Tree has tested Blaze on other standard applications, such as GarageBand, iMovie, and iDVD to ensure seamless integration, compatibility and performance.
“We are pleased with the results we have generated so far with Blaze, but we will continue to refine this protocol until it’s operating at even faster rates,” stated Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree Communications. “Our alpha testers are providing valuable feedback on areas that need to be massaged. We are confident that Blaze is a transfer solution that will meet the critical demands of the professional workforce.”
Small Tree Communication