April 19th, 2016

Storage at NAB: No Terabyte Left Behind

For creatives churning out 4K videos, storage and data speeds are an ever-pressing concern. At NAB, several storage companies unveiled super high capacity drives that combine generous capacities with blazing transfer speeds to cope with the data rich era we live in.
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G-Technology G-Rack 12

G-Technology hit NAB with its first-ever Network Attached Storage device to cope with the storage demands of 4K video.

The G-RACK 12 a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. You can add another 120TB using an optional expansion chassis.The G-Rack features four 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers and uses a BTRFs files system and graphical interface to make drive management simpler. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard drives and are available in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB, and 120TB storage capacities.

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LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3

This 12-bay RAID unit can deliver up to 96TB in capacity and uses Thunderbolt 3 to deliver transfer speeds of up to 2600MB/s in RAID 0 and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.

The LaCie 12big features 256MB cache, 7200RPM Seagate enterprise-class drives rated for 8,760 hours of operation per year. LaCie’s RAID Manager software has also been redesigned to make it simpler to use, the company said. The new software will also be available to download for free for owners of older big-series drives.

It ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable and will be available this summer in 48TB, 72TB and 96TB capacities. Pricing wasn’t announced.

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SymplyStor

SymplyStor is a new desktop RAID storage solution designed to let up to eight different Thunderbolt-connected PCs access files.

SymplyStor is available with either SSD or hard drives in capacities up to 64TB. It supports both Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 speeds. If you opt for the SymplyShare base, you can double the storage capacity by adding another 64TB SymplyStor–the two will behave as a single RAID device.

SymplyStor uses Apple’s Xsan networking technology to let multiple users access the same storage drives. The software features a 5-step setup and there are monitoring apps for Mac, Windows, iOS and Apple Watch.

SymplyStor starts at $1,999.

 

April 8th, 2013

G-Tech Launches New Evolution Series Storage Products

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G-Technology G-DOCK ev

Today at NAB2013, G-Technology announced the first three products in its Evolution Series lineup. They are the G-DOCK ev™ with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE® ev and the G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules. The Evolution Series G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is a two-bay, hot-swappable JBOD media drive system with user-configurable RAID 1 (protected) or RAID 0 (performance). The two Evolution Series drives are both USB 3.0, 2.5-inch, and 7200RPM. The only real differences are that the  G-DRIVE ev allows transfer rates of up to 136MB/s while the G-DRIVE ev PLUS increases that to 250MB/s. The G-DRIVE ev comes in both 500GB and 1TB capacities while the G-DRIVE ev PLUS is only available as a 1TB drive.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the new Evolution Series products is that, unlike other RAID systems, the drive modules for the G-DOCK ev are standalone external drives. This means that you can take them with you as a regular external USB drive, then reconnect them to the  G-DOCK ev when you return. While going out and about with one of your RAID system drives is the kind of thing that would make many Network Administrators go white in the face, it can also be part of an efficient backup system.

Say you take one drive out to the job and have your assistant back up all images onto it onsite. Then when you return home,  that drive is mounted into your G-DOCK ev configured as RAID 1, and your data is protected as soon as the drive finishes mirroring. Having standalone drives also lends itself to offsite backup storage as well. Should your studio ever experience a fire or other disaster, the G-DRIVE ev drives that you have stored offsite not only would be protected, but would also be usable with no additional downtime caused by having to remount them in a new drive enclosure.

The G-DOCK ev, including two 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules, will be available in May through G-Technology and its Premier Channel Partners for an MSRP of $749.95. Additional 500GB or 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules can be purchased separately for a MSRP of $149.95 and $199.95, respectively. The higher throughput 1TB G-DRIVE ev PLUS modules will be available this summer for $349.95 MSRP. http://www.g-technology.com/