by Adam Armstrong

NAB 2018 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. This year at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2018 Show there were a handful of announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as Attala, Western Digital, Spectra Logic, Seagate, and Excelero.

Attala Launches Storage Platform For M&E

Attala Systems announced a high-performance storage platform aimed specifically at Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry. This new platform is a combination of Attala’s high-performance Composable Storage Infrastructure, Intel P4510 NVMe SSDs, and Supermicro’s SSG-136R-N32JBF 1U enclosure. This new platform directly addresses HD video post-production work and creation with higher storage and lower latency, giving users higher streaming performance and sharability. 

Attala Systems

WD Announces New Pro-Grade G-Technology Solutions

Western Digital announces three new profession-grade storage solutions aimed at creative professionals. The company showcased this products at booth #SL6316. Included in the announcement were:

  • G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD – With quoted speeds of 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD claims to let users edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render VR projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of media in seven minutes or less.
  • G-DRIVE Pro SSD – With quoted speeds of 2800MB/s, the G-DRIVE Pro SSD device with Thunderbolt 3 technology lets users edit multi-stream 8K footage at full frame rate, quickly render VR projects and experience them at full resolution, and transfer as much as a terabyte of content in seven minutes or less.
  • G-SPEED Shuttle SSD – Equipped with up to 16TB of solid state storage running at 2800MB/s, the G-SPEED Shuttle SSD device with Thunderbolt 3 technology lets users edit multi camera footage in real time.

G-Technology

Spectra Logic Releases BlackPearl 5.0 Software

Spectra Logic announced enhancements to its popular BlackPearl Converged Storage system. The company is announcing software enhancements, the adoption of 12TB HDDs for denser storage (this also includes its ArcticBlue Disk Solution), and highlighted its recently announced Spectra Stack Take Library that is ideal for M&E environments. 

Enhancements include:

  • Intelligent Object Management
    • Self-Healing – Allows files to self-heal all copies across all media if a problem is detected
    • Tape Consolidation – Provides automatic consolidation of data on fragmented tapes, reclaiming deleted tape storage capacity
  • Media Migration – Allows data to be migrated from one storage type to another quickly and transparently, which ensures data integrity while reducing costs
  • S3 Object Versioning – Allows multiple versions of the same file to be uploaded and saved on BlackPearl, ensuring customers do not lose data
  • Data Staging – Allows pre-staging of data from tape to disk, reducing wait times to use assets while taking advantage of tape’s cost savings
  • Intelligent Chunk Aggregation – Reduces tape mounts and improves tape throughput performance by identifying and grouping files together when writing to or reading from tape

Spectra Logic

Seagate Announces LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB

Seagate Technology expanded its popular LaCie Rugged Line with the new LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB. The new Rugged RAID Pro comes with the same toughness of the rest of the Rugged line as well as speeds as high as 240MB/s in RAID1 and RAID0, an integrated SD card reader, and a USB-C connector built in. The Rugged RAID Pro is expected to ship this quarter for $349.

LaCie Rugged RAID Pro 4TB

Excelero & Pixit Demo Joint Solution For M&E

Excelero and Pixit Media have combined their two main products into a joint data storage offering that aims to accelerate workflows to meet current and future requirements of M&E. This new solution is the combination of Excelero’s NVMesh and Pixit’s PixStor. The two companies are showcasing the solution off at Pixit Media’s booth #SL6124 at NAB. 

Excelero

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