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Small Tree And Foundry To Deliver High Performance Network


Cost-Effective Solution Maximizes Performance, Future-Proofs Network and
Minimizes Capital Investment

CHIPPEWA VALLEY, WI, (July 31, 2006) –(
Tree Communications, an industry leader in networking and storage solutions
has joined with ( Networks, Inc., a
performance and total solutions leader for end-to-end switching and
routing, to offer complete end-to-end network solutions for Apple Mac OS X
systems. Working in tandem with Small Tree’s
( network interface cards
(NIC), Foundry’s FastIron series of Ethernet switches will provide
reliable, high performance network connections at competitive price points
for Mac OS X users. Creative content facilities will now have the
capability of providing users with multiple multi-port Gigabit Ethernet
(GbE) connections and multiple 10GbE uplinks to file servers using a single
FastIron switch.

“Foundry Networks FastIron product line offers a scalable, highly available
and price-performance solution that is ideal for the Apple user market,”
states Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree Communications. “A typical
Small Tree customer is a graphic arts design shop with anywhere from two to
10 Apple client workstations and one or two file servers. These small
businesses need increased performance for demanding tasks like streaming
uncompressed video using Final Cut Pro, but they are often constrained by a
workgroup budget. Our customers require an affordable, enterprise-class
solution that will enable them to get their work done more quickly and with
greater efficiency. A solution is now available with the unique combination
of our multi-port NICs, our BlazeFS file system software and Foundry’s
FastIron switch supporting both GbE and 10GbE ports.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with Small Tree Communications,” said Woody
Akin, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Foundry Networks. “Our
value-added reseller relationship will allow Apple Mac OS X users in
creative content industries to leverage Foundry’s FastIron series of
switches to enhance productivity, provide new performance capabilities and
future-proof their network without draining their capital expenditure

Small Tree and Foundry will present a two-day, high-performance networking
seminar for Apple Consultants, Specialists and Retailers August 29-30, 2006
at Small Tree’s new facility in Chippewa Falls, WI, that will detail all
the features and benefits of their respective products. Seminar
registration is available at (

Small Tree’s multi-port cards allow users to increase their network
bandwidth and expand the connectivity of their systems. Providing support
for jumbo frames enables higher data transfer rates and reduced processor
demands, generating an immediate performance increase on large file
transfers when connecting to other network devices also supporting jumbo
frames. When used in conjunction with
( load balancing software,
Small Tree NICs will provide increased aggregated bandwidth, transparent
load balancing between the multiple ports, and transparent fail-over if one
or more ports or cables become disabled.

Foundry Network’s FastIron family of switches are purpose-built to deliver
high density 10/100 Mbps with Power over Ethernet (PoE), 10/100/1000 Mbps
with PoE, GbE, and 10GbE for high-performance networking solutions with
advanced security features. The FastIron family is built with
high-performance ASICs and Foundry’s IronWare that includes advanced Layer
2 features, such as Foundry’s award winning Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), and
full Layer 3 features, such as Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP4). Foundry’s
FastIron family ensures increase in return on investment (ROI) and a much
lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for both enterprises and service

About Small Tree Communication

Small Tree Communications is dedicated to providing unique leading edge
enterprise networking solutions to the Mac. With world-class high
performance computing experience from its team of networking and kernel
developers, Small Tree brings new technology peripheral products to meet
the demanding application requirements of Mac customers. Small Tree also
provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense. For
more information about the company and its products, please call
1-866-STC4Mac or visit

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