SOLUTIONS: STORAGE / ARCHIVING

Below are our latest Solutions for Storage / Archiving

STORAGE SOLUTIONS: Akitio

Akitio Thunder3 RAID Station

All-In-One Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock with RAID Storage

Expand the capabilities of your laptop and declutter your workspace with the Thunder3 RAID Station. This solution combines four essential functions every laptop user needs into one product, giving you additional storage space, providing you with important interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB and DisplayPort, recharging your battery and reading your SD cards. All this is built into a single product that connects to your laptop with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.

  • Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Second Thunderbolt 3 port supports Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices
  • Power delivery provides up to 27W of power to recharge compatible laptops
  • Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports with Type-A connectors for older USB devices
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port supporting auto-negotiation for 1G, 100M, 10M
  • Hardware RAID controller (RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN, Non-RAID)
  • Tool-less drive installation for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives
  • Cooling fan with power switch for noiseless operation
  • Dedicated DisplayPort for additional 4K monitor
  • Built-in SD card reader

Thunderbolt™ 3

Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all – delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data device. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display, and billions of USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power to bus-powered devices.

The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 RAID Station operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

USB 3.1 Gen 1 Host Ports

The two USB 3.1 Gen 1 host ports make it easy to connect your USB devices that come with a Type-A connector to your laptop. Instead of buying an adapter or new cables, simply plug your existing USB devices into the Thunder3 RAID Station and you are all set.

Gigabit Ethernet Port

The Gigabit Ethernet interface is ideal for notebooks that require reliable, accelerated access to external storage and networks for I/O demanding applications but typically lack 1GbE connectivity or the capability to deploy an internal PCIe network card (NIC).

DisplayPort

The dedicated DisplayPort connector makes it easy to connect an additional monitor to extend your workspace. This video output capability requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection to the computer and will free up the second Thunderbolt 3 port for Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10 Gbps), and DisplayPort devices.

SD Card Reader

A card reader for your SD cards exactly where you need it. Plug in your card and backup your media files straight to the external drive.

Hardware RAID Controller

Optimized for every environment

With the built-in hardware RAID controller, the choice is all yours! You can mirror the drives with RAID 1 as a reliable backup for your important data, you can stripe the drives with RAID 0 for optimal performance and maximum speed or you can select SPAN to combine the drives for extra large storage capacities.

OS independent RAID set

A big advantage of the built-in hardware RAID controller is that the RAID set is OS independent, so the storage drive can be moved from one system to the other with ease. Because the RAID set is managed inside the Thunder3 RAID Station, there is nothing else do be set up on the computer.

2-Lane PCIe to SATA controller

The PCIe to SATA controller makes use of two PCIe lanes. When using Non-RAID, this makes it possible for a single SSD to run at full SATA 6Gb/s speeds and deliver transfer rates in read over 500MB/s.

Power Delivery (27W)

The Thunder3 RAID Station supports power delivery (PD), providing 27W of power to laptops that support charging from a 9V/3A power source (e.g. Late 2016 MacBook Pro). This allows you to recharge the battery even when the laptop is not plugged into any other power source.

Tool-less drive installation

For added convenience and flexibility, the Thunder3 RAID Station can accommodate both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives. The assembly is completely tool-less, so drives can be easily installed or uninstalled no matter where you are.

LEDLED indication

The Thunder3 RAID Station lets you know what’s going on at any time. The LED lights on the front indicate the power status and the disk activity and the LED lights on the back will show you the network speed and status when an Ethernet cable is connected.

The transfer speeds for this benchmark were obtained using the AJA System Test tool with 4GB test files at 5K resolution. These results closely reflect the real-world performance but the actual transfer rates can vary depending on the test environment.

For traditional spinning hard disk drives (HDDs), depending on the RPM, the maximum transfer rate for a single drive is around 200 MB/s. When using two drives in a striped RAID set (RAID 0), the maximum transfer rate is therefore somewhere around 300-400 MB/s.

For solid state drives (SSDs), the maximum transfer rate of a single drive is around 500 MB/s and when installed in the Thunder3 RAID Station, the SSD can run at full SATA 6Gb/s speeds. When using two drives in a striped RAID set (RAID 0), the maximum transfer rate is around 700-800 MB/s. For even higher transfer rates, please consider using the AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini with four SSDs or the Node Lite with a PCIe SSD instead.

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS: ATTO Technology
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ATTO Technology

No Matter What Your Workflow Is, ATTO Provides the Storage Connectivity for 4K, 8K and Beyond

For 30 years, ATTO Technology, Inc., has been a global leader across the media & entertainment market, specializing in storage and network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for the most data-intensive computing environments. In this time, ATTO has engineered their products to stand unparalleled with anything else in their class, like ATTO Celerity™ Gen 6 32Gb and 16Gb Fibre Channel HBAs and ATTO FastFrame™ 10GbE and 40GbE Ethernet Adapters. These products improve the accessibility to hours of film at lightning speeds, data transferability for the most demanding workflows, and sustainability for the highest throughput rates for the needs of 4K Ultra High-definition video post-production workflows. ATTO is the Power Behind the Storage.

Never Drop a Frame

ATTO Advanced Data Streaming (ADS™) Technology is built into all FastFrame™ Ethernet Adapters and Celerity™ FC HBAs, providing controlled acceleration of data transfers to move large amounts of data faster and more efficiently. It maintains the highest consistent performance with the most reliable connection of servers and workstation to storage in physical and virtual environments. There’s no better way to manage latency in real-time environments for smooth data streaming with no dropped frames, than with ADS Technology.

Connect Workstations to Enterprise-Class Storage

ATTO MultiPath Director™ is a specialized multipathing driver incorporated into Celerity™ Fibre Channel HBAs, which enables Linux®, Windows®, or Mac® workstations and/or servers to connect to enterprise-class storage. This improves overall Fibre Channel SAN efficiency with consistent, uninterrupted access to your data through failover and load balancing protection, as it ensures deadlines are met through high availability access to data for multiple users. This technology gives multiple workstations, or servers, continual access the same ‘pool’ of storage at real time and simultaneous access to data. By using MultiPath Director, it gives workgroups and single users the ability to create efficient workflows that save time and money, while dramatically increasing a project’s time to completion.

Benefits

  • Lower power consumption (1/3 lower than competitors)
  • Driver support for macOS®, Windows and multiple Linux distributions
  • Lowest latency and highest throughput for data storage and servers
  • Fastest access to data between workstations and servers
  • Interoperability with many other products, systems and software for media & entertainment
  • End users get the best-in-industry performance with this proven technology
  • The best connectivity for macOS, the platform of choice for media content professionals
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STORAGE SOLUTIONS: AVID

Avid NEXIS

Intelligent storage for real-time media production

Invest in your future with the reliability you need today, the scalability for tomorrow, and the technology to take you beyond. Avid NEXIS is the world’s first software-defined storage platform that enables true storage virtualization for any media application. This powerful system delivers unrivalled media performance, scalability, and reliability to accelerate production in the most media-intensive broadcast, video post, education, and corporate environments. And now it offers greater scalability, a new nearline storage option, and even easier, more flexible systems management.

Gain flexibility with a software-defined storage platform

Avid NEXIS easily integrates into both Avid and third-party application workflows, as well as solutions across MediaCentral, to accelerate media production. Get on-demand access to a shared pool of centralized storage that can be quickly provisioned and repurposed. Tailor and tune each workspace’s capacity, performance, and drive protection to the project and client. And conveniently manage the system through the new Avid NEXIS Management Console, a highly responsive, easy-to-use HTML5 UI.

Boost performance and speed

Need more power to handle high-res finishing? With new 9.6 TB and 19.2 TB of flash SSD storage available for Avid NEXIS | E2 SSD engines, you get the access speed, increased throughput, and reliability you need to accelerate 4K mastering workflows. Edit bandwidth-intensive media in real time with up to 8x greater read performance over hard disk drives. Plus, because there are no moving parts, it adds great robustness to your workflow too.

Get incredible scalability and protection

Powered by the common Avid NEXIS | FS file system, Avid NEXIS easily scales to accommodate the smallest teams to the largest media enterprises, offering up to 6.4 PB of total storage and more than 25 GB/s of bandwidth in a single system. Its scale-out architecture enables you to mix and match engines in a single system, upgrade capacity and bandwidth as needed, and add redundancy when high availability is required. All while providing the bulletproof security and fail-safe disk protection you need.

Make changes on the fly

Media production is unpredictable. With Avid NEXIS, you can make changes dynamically, without disruption or downtime. Give critical projects and high-priority teams maximum performance while throttling back on less important workflows. Enable remote and collaborative workflows with Media Composer | Cloud Remote and MediaCentral. And easily expand your workflow to new platform applications and services.

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS: DOT HILL
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DOT HILL

Data Storage Arrays and SANs for Post-Production Workflows.

Post-Production editors benefit from 16Gb Fibre Channel SAN Storage in many ways, including improved workflows, sharing files like trailers, and having quick access to video archives. AssuredSANs data storage arrays have superior streaming

performance and can grow easily with your capacity needs.

Performance means ‘No Dropped Frames’.

In the world of NLE editing and post production, driven by deadlines and deliverables, data storage is a means to an end. When you are working toward a final, perfect, master, and creating the story from the most compelling footage and effects, you need a data storage array that just works. With AssuredSAN storage from Dot Hill, you have fast, reliable storage that is easy to set up and run.

The Right Partners.

You never want to send an editor to lunch just because the data storage can’t handle the workload. That won’t happen when you rely on AssuredSAN storage from Dot Hill – because our 16Gb Fibre Channel data storage arrays can double or quadruple storage throughput over older 4Gb or 2Gb technologies. It’s time to move up to the ‘top of the line’ 16Gb fibre channel array. When you aren’t dropping frames, the rendering process runs at your pace, without losing valuable time to reboots and ‘start overs’.

‘Top of the Line’ Gear for Your End-to-End Workflow.

Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN storage arrays are an essential part of your gear, offering full

support for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux environments. An AssuredSAN storage system provides the ideal high-performance storage platform for workflows using Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Autodesk Smoke and Flame, Colorfront On-Set Dailies or any application demanding extreme streaming performance and proven reliability.

The AssuredSAN provides a solid, MIL STD 810F/G ruggedized storage solution that is robust enough for on-set work.

By utilizing high performance AssuredSAN storage array, the 16Gb fibre channel throughput enables several editors to access the same storage at the same time.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS: PIXSPAN
PixSpan
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PIXSPAN

Full Resolution Workflows – From Camera RAW through Final Asset

Pixspan offers unique software products that reduce the storage costs and increase the transmission speeds of full-resolution imaging, typically 50-80%. Its software encodes and decodes round trip all bit depths and resolutions of EXR, DPX, TIFF, Cineon, and ARRIRaw, while remaining bit exact. Currently, Pixspan is the only company providing a solution that enables full resolution workflows beginning from camera RAW, to image processing, through final asset.

  • Pixspan is the easiest way to save time and money when working with full resolution DI Images and Uncompressed Camera Raw Images.
  • Pixspan offers the only universal file exchange format for master images and camera raw – .pxz

  • Pixspan is proven across multiple industries, tested with millions of images in a wide variety of formats.
  • The Pixspan Reader allows users to import and read .pxz files and is included free from Pixspan partners

  • Pixspan Technology can be applied to full resolution Media Workflows, from the Camera, all the way through to Archive
  • Saves 60- 80% on Storage and File Transfer Bandwidth.
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STORAGE SOLUTIONS: QUANTUM

Quantum

Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing intelligent solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. We help customers maximize the value of these assets to achieve their goals, whether it’s top movie studios looking to create the next blockbuster, researchers working to accelerate scientific discovery, or small businesses trying to streamline their operations. With a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class disk, tape and software solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, we enable customers to address their most demanding workflow challenges and opportunities.

Built for 4K & Beyond

As a post production professional you face ever-changing client requirements, tighter deadlines and shrinking budgets. With a complete HD workflow being the norm and 4K already here or coming fast, you need rock-solid performance and reliability in your

workflow. StorNext post production solutions delive.

The premier storage platform

StorNext 5 is the premier storage platform for an end-to-end production workflow that provides you the greatest flexibility and performance for your best-of–breed applications and operating systems. With a complete StorNext solution you have a complete storage platform: shared access across both SAN and IP (Ethernet), high performance storage, near-line and long-term archive.

StorNext solutions offer the best cost/performance of any system available, and they’re 100% optimized for media workflows and ready for the challenges of today and the

future. You no longer have to compromise with a data center centric IT storage solution, or get locked into a locked down proprietary solution. StorNext is the open answer.

  • Improved ingest and transcode performance.

  • Integrated high-speed archive and data management.

  • Optimized SAN and LAN client workflows.

  • Independently scales performance and capacity up to 5 billion files.

  • Policy-based, automated migration for tiered storage and archive.

  • Full support for SSD, disk, object storage, LTO/LTFS tape.

  • Best-of-breed compatibility with the entire media production ecosystem.

  • High-speed collaboration across Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
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STORAGE SOLUTIONS: QUMULO

Qumulo

The World’s First Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

We are Qumulo, and we have fundamentally changed the way enterprises store and manage enormous numbers of digital assets. Through data-aware scale-out NAS software, we enable customers to answer critical questions about their data footprint in real-time and at incredible scale.

Simple. Visible. Efficient.

We build data-aware scale-out NAS software that gives businesses real-time visibility into their data footprint – critical data that until now was completely invisible and stored away in large, dimly lit containers called enterprise storage.

Data Is What Matters

Real-time analytics are built directly into the Qumulo Scalable File System (QSFS) enabling instant answers about your data footprint, and how it’s being used, at scale.

Cost Containment & Flexibility

Built on Linux, Qumulo Core runs on commodity hardware, on dedicated appliances, or in virtual machines providing the ultimate flexibility and cost advantages.

No Compromise Scale-Out NAS

Qumulo Core is optimized for the widest range of workloads and file sizes including transactional and sequential access patterns and small and large files.

  • Real-Time Analytics – QSFS Doesn’t Just Store Data, but also Curates and Manages It

  • Software-Only Solution – Qumulo Core Runs on Commodity Hardware, on Dedicated Appliances, or in Virtual Machines

  • Flash-First Hybrid Design – Maximizes Both Price/Performance and Price/Capacity

  • SaaS Software Delivery Model – Pay-as-You-Go for Continual Infrastructure Software Innovation

  • No Compromise Storage – Optimized for the Widest Range of Workloads and Files Sizes
  • 100% Programmable – Public and Self-Documenting REST API with Interactive API Explorer Built into Web UI
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    StrongBox Data Solutions
    Strong Box Data Solutions

    StrongBox Data Solutions

    StrongBox® Data Solutions (SBDS) is a worldwide leader in big data storage, providing powerful solutions to many of the world’s largest corporations, governments and organizations. SBDS is a pioneer in simplifying data management and reducing storage costs with revolutionary technology.

    SBDS has been dedicated to delivering innovative, reliable, and affordable solutions for thousands of businesses around the world. StrongBox solutions empower customers to take control of their data, ensuring that information is available whenever and wherever needed to meet stringent business requirements.

    StrongLINK: Data and Storage Management Simplified

    StrongLINK is a powerful solution that combines AI (artificial intelligence) with metadata-based workflow engines to enable end-to-end management of both your data and your storage resources. This is a new and unique approach to managing your entire data environment that automates data classification and life cycle management for any data, on any storage, anywhere.

    StrongLINK leverages the power of metadata to create a single global namespace across any storage device from any vendor. This enables administrators to optimize storage resources without impacting user workflows and enables users an easy way to globally search for, access, and manage data across any storage type, including cloud.

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    StrongLINK Data Sheet
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