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IBC: G-Tech adds four new products to Evolution Series

G-Technology has added four new products to its Evolution (ev) Series, an ecosystem of docking stations and interchangeable and expandable external hard drives and accessories. The new products include the G-Speed Studio XL with two ev Series bay adapters, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition, the G-Dock ev Solo and the ev Series FireWire adapter.

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The G-Speed Studio XL (pictured right) with two ev Series bay adapters is an eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution that comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and two integrated ev Series bay adapters for greater capacity and performance. The integrated ev Series bay adapters accommodate all ev Series drive modules, enabling cross-functionality with other products in the Evolution Series. Configurable in RAID-0, -1, -5, -6 and -10, it supports multistream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1,200 MB/sec and the ability to daisy chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Designed to optimize a Red camera workflow, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition uses high-performance connectivity for fast Red footage transfers and backup. Users can transfer content quickly from a Red Mini-Mag media card onto any G-dock ev docking station or G-Speed Studio XL with ev Series bay adapters. The ev Series all-terrain case, which is watertight, adds protection when shooting on the go.

For those who already have several G-Drive ev modules, the G-Dock ev Solo (pictured below) is a USB 3.0 docking solution for shared environments, including studios, labs and classrooms. Users can transfer, edit and back up an existing Evolution Series hard drive module by inserting it into the G-Dock ev Solo. When paired with the G-Drive ev, G-Drive ev Raw, G-Drive ev 220 or G-Drive ev SSD, the G-Dock ev Solo can store up to 2TB of data and transfer content at rates up to 400MB/sec.

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Finally, the new ev Series FireWire adapter attaches to an ev Series drive, allowing connection to an existing FireWire 800 port. Users can connect a G-Drive ev Raw, G-Drive ev, G-Drive ev 220 or G-Drive ev SSD to a computer via one of two FireWire 800 ports or daisy chain them.

The G-Speed Studio XL with two ev Series bay adapters, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition and the G-Dock ev Solo will be available in October. The ev Series FireWire adapter is available now.

Presentation submission deadline for Storage Visions 2016 nears

The Storage Visions Conference presentation submission deadline is September 14, 2015, so the event’s creators are asking you to submit ideas here.  The conference theme is Storage for the Next 5,000 Years. You can check out the conference’s preliminary agenda —it will be adjusted as speakers are placed in the agenda after the deadline — here or below…

Session A1: Epic Proportions: Storage for High Resolution Content Capture and Production
Session B1: Drive Trust: Protecting Our Stuff
Session C1: Analyst Perspective: How will we use Ubiquitous Storage?
Session D1: One for All: The Convergence of Memory and Storage
Session E1: Next Millennium Storage: Developments Propel Storage System Options
Session F1: Storage End Users on The Long Term
Session A2: Storage Visions 2016 Rising Stars Panel
Session B2: Pumping Big Data: Putting Data where it needs to be
Session C2: Saving Data Forever: Long Term Content Protection and Archiving
Session D2: Consumer Cloud Services: What will we do in the Cloud?
Session E2: Keeping it Now: Emerging Storage Technologies
Session F2: We are the Champions: Storage for Consumers

If you are looking to submit something for the Storage Visions Visionary awards you have a bit more time — deadline for that is November 14, 2015. Submissions can be made at http://storagevisions.com/2016Awards.htm.

Storage Visions 2016 will focus on how to drive a new wave of business tied to higher resolution content, big data, security requirements, consumer electronics, digital distribution, new storage architectures and applications as well as new digital storage technologies.

LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD

LaCie has increased the storage in its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution to 1TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. 

Based on LaCie’s test set-up, which used an AJA System Test connected to a Mac computer via the Thunderbolt interface, the LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387MB/s — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive. With these speeds, creative professionals can transfer 100GB in less than five minutes.

The LaCie Rugged provides enough bandwidth to review and edit photos or video in the field, so by pairing it with a laptop, a photographer or videographer can back up footage or complete a project on location. 

The LaCie Rugged is MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet).

With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP54-rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing, even during operation. The unit is resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. 

The LaCie Rugged is fully bus-powered through the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables.

Quantum at NAB with Artico intelligent NAS archive appliance

Quantum will be at NAB demonstrating its new Artico intelligent NAS archive appliance. Artico offers broadcast and post facilities using scale-out NAS systems an entry point for establishing media archives — outside of StorNext environments — that can scale to hold petabytes of content across Quantum’s Lattus extended online, Scalar tape and Q-Cloud Archive storage.

Powered by Quantum‘s StorNext 5 software and providing a simple NAS presentation, Artico incorporates StorNext Storage Manager policies to maximize storage efficiency. When used in combination with any StorNext-qualified media asset management (MAM) system, Artico can move files from online storage to longer-term archive with no user intervention, while maintaining full access to the files.

The system offers NAS connectivity and intelligent, policy-driven file movement across LTO tape, LTFS, object storage and cloud archive systems. Artico was designed to enable long-term protection of content through the ability to create multiple archive copies and with support for multiple archive systems.

ProMax intros Pro-Cache, Power-Cache archive appliances

Since acquiring Cache-A last summer, ProMax — makers of the Platform shared storage system and One editing workstations — have developed the ProMax Pro-Cache and Power-Cache systems. The new archive appliances feature technology upgrades and improvements offering performance boosts for increased system speed, responsiveness and reliability.

In alignment with its worldwide channel of reseller partners and distributors, ProMax is offering a special trade-in promotion for existing Cache-A customers to upgrade to the new Pro-Cache and Power-Cache models.

Both models have new chassis designs and include new V4 software features. The Template Manager creates and manages scheduled backups, while the Incremental Archive automatically monitors target spaces for file changes and then updates the archive.

“As soon as Cache-A became a ProMax product line, we took action to address the most urgent needs of customers,” notes ProMax CEO Jess Hartmann.

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The ProMax Pro-Cache features a new Quad Core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz to increase system speed. A new dedicated PCI SSD system disk provides reliability and a performance boost to OS and archive database operations (up to 4x faster than previous systems). The Pro-Cache’s expanded network connectivity includes 4x 1GbE network controllers accompanied by a 10GbE network performance boost that makes it up to 2x faster than previous systems. The redesigned chassis features a new component cooling system to complement the appliance’s upgraded power supply.

The ProMax Power-Cache also features the same upgrades of the new Quad Core CPU with Turbo Boost to 3.1GHz, the addition of a dedicated PCI SSD system disk and a performance boost to OS and archive database operations to amplify the appliance’s speed and performance. The 10GbE network performance boost will also make the new Power-Cache up to 2x faster than previous systems. The Power-Cache has its own all-new 2RU rackmount chassis, which has been designed as an enterprise class device and features a new cooling system, upgraded component cabling and dual redundant power supplies. The system’s onboard RAID is now up to 16TB with room for an optional onboard LTO-6 or LTO-5 drive.

Quick Chat: Tom Coughlin from Creative Storage Conference

Storage. No one can deny just how important this technology is in the day-to-day lives of post production professionals, from the huge studios and facilities all the way down to the indie editor working with external drives.  And while storage tech might not be as “sexy” as the latest new camera or visual effects software, its importance is undeniable… especially in a world where 2K ,4K and now 6K (hello David Fincher) workflows are a reality.

So, if you want to talk storage and learn about trends and the latest product offerings, you might want to attend the 9th Annual Creative Storage Conference on June 30 in Culver City, California.

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LaCie Thunderbolt offerings now compatible with Windows 7/8

Four of LaCie’s Thunderbolt 2 products — the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, 5big Thunderbolt 2, 2big Thunderbolt 2 and d2 Thunderbolt 2 — are now compatible with Windows 7 and 8. The Thunderbolt drivers can be downloaded immediately from the LaCie website.

LaCie says they made it a priority to ensure their Thunderbolt 2 solutions work with any Thunderbolt-enabled computer. “This way, PC and Mac users alike can benefit from Thunderbolt’s extraordinary speed for high-bandwidth applications, such as video editing and backup. Plus, cross-platform compatibility means that storage can easily be shared between PC and Mac at optimum speeds,” says Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager, LaCie.

LaCie offers a range of certified Thunderbolt products for PC and Mac. In addition to the Thunderbolt 2 products mentioned above, they offer the Rugged Thunderbolt as well as first-generation desktop Thunderbolt products.

Quantum intros Q-Cloud storage solutions

Quantum has been an early adopter when it comes to creating cloud-based storage. Recently they took that to a new level, offering three new product solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for data workloads.

The Quantum Q-Cloud solutions allow users to leverage Quantum’s intelligent data management software to store data in the cloud when it makes the most sense for a given workflow or application – essentially customizing a user’s needs.

The new Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault incorporate the power of the public cloud as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 workflow environment, while Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers using Quantum’s DXi deduplication appliances to replicate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. With all three offerings, users can get the benefits of the cloud without making changes to existing applications or processes.

Taking into account both the benefits and challenges of the cloud, Quantum says their approach is to enable customers to combine public cloud storage with on-premises storage in a multi-tier, intelligently managed, application-centric architecture. So instead of treating the cloud as a passive repository, they integrate the cloud as an active tier in a hybrid storage infrastructure driven by application requirements.

Key features include:
• Full integration as a tier in StorNext 5-managed workflows, with automated, policy-based data movement
• No additional hardware, separate applications or programming needed
• Agility in addressing changing workload demands
• Reliability of global public cloud infrastructure
• Straightforward pricing and billing directly from Quantum
• Secure, encrypted data transmission and at rest

StorNext users can also employ Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault in conjunction with Quantum Lattus extended online storage, moving data from a Lattus object storage technology-based private cloud on their premises to Q-Cloud.

Offered as a subscription service through the Amazon Marketplace, Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables users to replicate data from either a physical or virtual DXi appliance on premises to a virtual DXi instance in the AWS cloud.

Key features include:
• Easy access to the Amazon public cloud and its benefits, with no changes to applications or processes
• Cost savings enabled by the most efficient method of data deduplication

Q-Cloud Archive is available immediately in the Americas, EMEA and APAC, while Q-Cloud Vault will be available in the second half of this year. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS will be available next quarter. You can see an overview of the products here.

Review: OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini SSD RAID

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By Brady Betzel

Since we are all experiencing gigantic increases in our multimedia projects, RAIDs are more important than ever. Footage coming from all sorts of different cameras with varying data rates, frame rates and file sizes put a very heavy strain on our computer systems.

For this review Other World Computing,  (@macsales), sent me its latest in external RAID solutions, the Thunderbay 4 Mini loaded with 2TB of SSD awesomeness that is connected via a Thunderbolt 2 connection. This is likely the fastest connection I have ever tested.

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Review: Sonnet Fusion QR 8TB External RAID

By Brady Betzel

We all know that Thunderbolt 2 has been the talk of the town in terms of storage and I/O devices for the last six months or so. Unfortunately if you don’t own a Mac Pro (2014 model), a high-end PC workstation like the latest HP z840, or have the DIY knowledge to build your Intel X99 architecture-based computer with Thunderbolt capabilities, you are kind of out of luck.

Some people, like me, still need access to “legacy” interfaces such as FireWire 800, eSATA and USB 3.0 — which is sort of on its way to be considered “legacy,” even though I use it as my primary connection. Luckily for us, Sonnet Technologies still provides outstanding external RAID devices like the Fusion QR.

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IBC Blog: The age of archives

By Tom Coughlin

With the flood of video content being created due to the ease and cost-effectiveness of digital video capture and production and the decreasing costs of storage, digital content saved for the long term will explode. Moving from today’s HD to 4K UHD and then to 8K UHD and at higher frame rates will require greater storage capacities and more sophisticated data management services.

During the IBC 2014 Oracle announced that it was acquiring Front Porch Digital (FPD). Front Porch Digital adds storage management features to Oracle that should complement current Oracle storage products. FPD has been using Oracle tape systems for some time in its largest archives. FPD was the champion and promoter of the AFX storage format that has been adopted as a SMPTE standard. This standard has become popular with many FPD customers Continue reading

Sonnet to show new, updated gear at IBC

IBC is quickly approaching, and word of new products being introduced at the show is trickling in, including from Sonnet Technologies.

In Amsterdam, Sonnet will unveil its RackMac Pro rackmount solution for the new Mac Pro computer. The unit (pictured, above) supports the rackmount installation of one or two new Mac Pros. The RackMac Pro provides a front panel power switch and USB 3.0 port for each computer, while panel-mounted cables connect each Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and power ports to ports on the back of the RackMac Pro for external cable connection. The device’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro, with an open-back design that allows for proper airflow and optimal cooling. Only 7 inches tall by 16 inches deep, the 4U RackMac Pro can be used in a wide range of mobile racks, carts and rack cases, as well as in a server room.

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Thunderbolt Pro P2 card reader.

Making its IBC debut, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 card reader is a fast and affordable P2 single-slot memory card reader available. Based on 10Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, the device can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/s. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 is bus-powered and connects directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with an included Thunderbolt cable. The device supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates at maximum speed, and also reads micro P2 cards with an optional adapter.

At IBC 2014, Sonnet will feature the xMac Pro Server, its rackmount solution with built-in Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion for the new Mac Pro. The xMac Pro Server mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server allows audio-video professionals to use high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro, which lacks its own PCIe expansion slots. Through the installation of optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits into the xMac Pro Server, users can connect storage expansion devices such as hard drives and SSDs to the Mac Pro.

Also on Sonnet’s stand will be the xMac mini Server which mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, allowing users to tap into the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire and RAID controller cards. The latest generation xMac mini Server combines the best of previous models, adds a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards like the Avid HDX and is the quietest model yet.

Sonnet will also be showing the Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis that facilitates mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards, originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

Spectra Logic teams with Scale Logic on cross-certification

Scale Logic’s HyperFS storage management application now integrates SAN and archival workflows and is also now certified with Spectra Logic’s T-series LTO tape libraries. This new relationship between the two companies enables Spectra Logic and Scale Logic to offer those working in media and entertainment cross-certified products.

“Certification of Scale Logic’s open platform SAN and Archival application suite enables our VAR customers to sell and deploy end-to-end, fully converged solutions that are tightly integrated, automated, simple to manage and offer robust content protection and accessibility,” said Hossein ZiaShakeri, senior VP business development, media & entertainment for Spectra Logic. “Data archiving occurs seamlessly in the background, managed by customer defined data movement policies while leveraging very high scalability SAN infrastructure to deliver fast, easy access to archived content.”

According to Bob Herzan, president /CEO, of Scale Logic, “This partnership gives our mutual customers a powerful option to deliver a hardware-agnostic SAN solution that can readily leverage Spectra’s robust product line. Scale Logic is well aware that video archiving is a critical objective for broadcasters and media organizations as digital content management requirements exponentially increase. Our integrated HSM application component can address the complete range of Spectra’s offerings from the T50e tape library, which scales to a native capacity of 75TB to their enterprise-class T-Finity, which supports a native capacity of 600 petabytes or more than 25 million hours of video content.”

Spectra T-Series tape libraries offer highly reliable, high-density storage and seamlessly scale from hundreds to millions of hours of archived digital content. With storage capabilities that reach exabyte capacity levels, Spectra’s tape libraries deliver the capabilities broadcast organizations need to safely store and manage massive amounts of content for high-value, high-impact news production. In addition, Spectra libraries offer efficient, comprehensive library management tools and Spectra Certified Media that simplifies management, extends the life of tape media and drives, and ensures data is secure and available when needed.

NAB: Some 4K storage offerings

By Tom Coughlin

Digital technology has accelerated the push to higher resolution and higher frame rates. Faster processors, higher data rate networking and larger storage capacities are primary enablers for these developments. This demand brought major infrastructure companies to the NAB show, such as Intel, AMD and Microsoft, but it also brought over 70 companies offering some digital storage technology.

Post production drives significant demand for storage capacity. We will look at the storage offerings of several companies for post work in this article. Let’s start with Avid and their introduction of Avid Everywhere. This is a content sharing and distribution platform leveraging cloud services and offering more flexible software licensing plans. On the storage Continue reading

Thunderbolt 2 sightings at NAB 2014

By Tom Coughlin

Thunderbolt 2.0 has emerged not just as a direct connect interface with many products on display at the 2014 NAB show, but also as a possible networking technology.

Thunderbolt 2 raised the data rate of this active interconnect technology from 10Gbps to 20Gbps of raw data rate. Thunderbolt 2, developed by Intel, was introduced in September 2013. Earlier in this year there was talk of networking capability for Thunderbolt 2, but at the 2014 NAB show Intel clarified their intentions — Thunderbolt as a network architecture.

In addition to supporting 20Gbps connections for peripheral devices such as storage systems and displays, Thunderbolt 2 will support Ethernet traffic up to 10Gbps. This Ethernet functionality is achieved using an emulated environment that acts as a 10GbE port for data Continue reading

Sonnet ships Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis

Irvine, California — Sonnet has added to its Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems with the Echo Express SEL. Like the other members of the Echo Express line, the SEL enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new model is the smallest and quietest Echo chassis yet, and supports one low-profile PCIe card. The Echo Express SEL is now available for $399.

The Sonnet Echo Express SEL incorporates ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt and provides sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis is ideally suited for use with high-bandwidth networking cards, host bus adapters, and storage interface cards, allowing them to connect with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers, as well as Mac Pro computers that lack PCIe expansion slots. Plus, the Echo Express SEL’s dual Thunderbolt 2 ports not only support full-bandwidth connectivity with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, but provide full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

The Echo Express SEL supports low-profile, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards. The majority of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA host bus adapters, and RAID controller cards fall into this category, making the SEL a perfect match for users needing a discrete, quiet, and yet very fast PCIe chassis to connect one of these specialized interface cards to their computers. Thunderbolt 2 technology is essential for enabling many high-performance cards, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to yield optimal performance over Thunderbolt. For example, in a test using Small Tree Communications’ dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet CAT6 Network Adapter with the Echo Express SEL, performance increased by 40 percent compared to the same card tested in a standard 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis. The list of compatible PCIe cards is available on Sonnet’s website, and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

Measuring 4 inches wide by 8.4 inches long by 2.8 inches tall and weighing 1.75 pounds, the Echo Express SEL is compact and lightweight, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the installed card. The SEL features an ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fan to help keep even warm cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper. The SEL is Sonnet’s quietest expansion chassis yet.

The Echo Express SEL ships with an 80W external power adapter, keeping the system’s energy usage low. The SEL also conserves energy by automatically powering on whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powering off when the computer powers off or sleeps. Sonnet includes a cable locking mechanism that secures the Thunderbolt connectors and prevents accidental cable disconnects. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SEL was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

 

HPA Tech Retreat Blog: the cloud, storage, metadata, more

By Tom Coughlin

Object storage is the key technology behind most cloud storage offerings and there were a number of exhibits at last week’s 2014 HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, California, offering cloud-based storage of M&E content.

Zadara Storage is offering SAN/NAS-as-a-Service solutions with a Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA). The VPSAs offer iSCSI block or NFS/CIFS file storage. The user keeps the keys that allow Continue reading

Sonnet ships Echo Express line with 20Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 interfaces

Irvine, California — Sonnet Technologies’ Echo Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion chassis are one of the first devices of their kind to ship with 20Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.

These models, which began shipping this week, are the newest members of Sonnet’s Echo Express (www.sonnettech.com) family of expansion products that enable any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

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The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10Gb/sec Thunderbolt and provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers. Plus, the Sonnet systems’ dual Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements. In addition, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray™ burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.

The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but long Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the Echo Express SE II is compact and lightweight, and its rugged aluminum case provides excellent protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height PCIe 2.0 x8 cards and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The Echo Express SE II provides the slot space and mounting support for an adjacent daughter card without sacrificing an entire PCIe slot.

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Until now, the Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II have been equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Customers who have purchased these Echo Express systems received an in-box coupon for a free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2. These customers will be able to claim their Thunderbolt 2 upgrade from Feb. 3 to March 31, and more information can be found at www.sonnettech.com/thunderbolt2upgrade.

The Echo Express III-D (part number ECHO-EXP3F-D) has a suggested retail price of $979. The Echo Express III-R (part number ECHO-EXP3F-R) has a suggested retail price of $1,199. The Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number ECHO-EXP3FR-MRM) has a suggested retail price of $199. The Echo Express SE II (part number ECHO-EXP-SE2) has a suggested retail price of $499.

 

Scale Logic, led by former Rorke employees, holds grand opening

Bloomington, Minnesota — Storage solutions provider Scale Logic Inc. (SLI), whose executive team has been providing storage for media and entertainment for over 25 years, officially launched its new US world headquarters recently in Minnesota.

They celebrated with over 250 guests from around the world, including partners from

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NetApp and Tekserve reach out to M&E community in NYC

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NEW YORK — Over the last 30 days, NetApp has been meeting casually with users and potential users on both coasts. During SMPTE in Los Angeles, they hosted a dinner with CTO/engineers from a variety of large post houses and film studios.

Last week in New York City, they held a cocktail party in conjunction with Tekserve (www.tekserve.com) – the goal was to talk about technology and the needs of the user. Techie types from HBO, Showtime, CBS Sports, Al Jazeera America, Prime Focus and others came together over food and drinks.

Tekserve, a leader in media and entertainment technology that provides workflow solutions and services to companies, is now offering NetApp (www.netapp.com) solutions to the market. “NetApp has a well-deserved reputation for performance and reliability in enterprise storage. We are excited to introduce their new products to the post production and broadcast community in the New York area,” says Tekserve CTO Aaron Freimark.

Jason Danielson, media and entertainment solutions, at NetApp, says, “Tekserve complements NetApp’s media storage portfolio with their trusted expertise at building production SANs combined with their practice in large-scale mobile device roll-outs. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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Case Study: GMU-TV employs pro gear for its programming

 

FAIRFAX, VA — George Mason University Television, or GMU-TV,( http://gmutv.gmu.edu), develops original HD programming that airs to audiences in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland, as well as in more than a million homes nationwide through online streaming. Supported by a six-person creative staff, an in-house engineer and student interns, the station produces everything from live campus event broadcasts and promotional pieces to distance education video materials and original programs like “Studio A” http://vimeo.com/channels/studioa and “Urban Education.” http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhOjtRWbRpUK0K0Ua-1jsvv5SPdaobVn0

To keep audiences engaged and produce a large volume of high-quality content within tight deadlines, GMU-TV’s team depends on a broadcast studio equipped with high-end production and post technology. At the center of its setup is a 72TB Facilis TerraBlock shared storage system, which replaced the team’s former storage solution earlier this year. The TerraBlock is connected via Fibre Channel to six Mac edit suites running Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite 6.

Providing increased capacity, bandwidth and speed, TerraBlock has enabled GMU-TV’s team to keep pace with an overwhelming project delivery schedule. GMU-TV director of engineering Tim Caldecott said, “Our old system slowed us down and was a nightmare. Now, we can keep everything in the same place without a drop in speed or performance, even if TerraBlock is close to full capacity. It’s been a big time-saver.”

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A few years back, GMU invested in several new computers that ran beautifully upon installation, but once the team connected them to GMU’s older storage system, the computers slowed down. Today, with TerraBlock those computers are running like new again. “It’s awesome to see those computers moving fast again now that they’re connected to the TerraBlock,” shared GMU-TV senior. producer and director Amanda Kraus.

“When you sit down to edit, you want to be able to work, and that wasn’t as easy before TerraBlock. With our old system, it was hard to complete a thought when I was working at an edit bay. There were constant issues with the system and I wasted a lot of time troubleshooting issues with my system as well as other editors’ systems,” she added. “Performance and reliability used to be two of our biggest concerns, but now they’re of no consequence.”

Everyday tasks that formerly proved painstaking have become seamless for GMU-TV as a result of TerraBlock’s intuitive user interface. Caldecott and Kraus can easily add users, mount volumes and access files as needed. “TerraBlock pretty much runs itself,” explained Kraus. “That’s how I like it, especially if I’m responsible for it. I want to work with equipment that is easy to understand, use and fix.”

With TerraBlock in place, the GMU-TV team rests assured that its data is protected and that it can easily expand storage in the future without a huge additional investment. “We have a lot of confidence in the system. The way our TerraBlock is structured with a RAID-5 array gives us a warm fuzzy feeling that our work is safe,” noted Caldecott. “Even though we have 72TB of space, we’re filling it up quickly and I love that we have the option to easily double our capacity in the future without having to invest in another new system.”

 

 

Registration open for Storage Visions Conference 2014

LAS VEGAS — The Storage Visions Conference (http://www.storagevisions.com) via the Entertainment Storage Alliance (www.EntertainmentStorage.Org) is now open for registration. The event is being held in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel on January 5 and 6, 2014.

Those who sign up early can enjoy a $100 discount off the registration. Click here http://sv2014.eventbrite.com/?discount=onehundredoff30936 for pricing and details.

This year’s conference theme is “Data Storage is the Key Enabler” for virtually every facet of modern society, and there are two full days of keynotes, sessions and exhibits.

Sessions include:
• Capturing the Act of Creation: Looking for Storage for HighResolution Content Capture and Production
• Keeping It Safe: Protecting, Storing and Recovering Personal and Commercial Content
• Analyst Perspectives: Perspectives on Technology and Application Changes
• Evolve or Die! : Storage Developments Drive New Storage System Options
• Young Users Speak Out: What will Drive Future Consumer Devices
• What we want: A Conversation about Storage for Professional Media and Entertainment Professionals
• Smart Phones, Tablets and Ultrabooks: What will they use for storage?
• Content for the Tomorrow: Long Term Content Protection and Archiving
• Up there, Somewhere: Opportunities and Challenges forConsumer and Enterprise Cloud Storage
• Future Content—What’s Ahead for Content Storage?
• Bringing it All Back Home?: Making, Saving, Sharing and Protecting Family and Business Content

Also, for the 11th year, the Storage Visions™Conference will present industry creativity and innovation awards at the 2014 event.