Thursday, May 24, 2018

AutonomouStuff Primary Quantum Partner for Storage Distribution Quantum Storage Solutions

Quantum Corp. named AutonomouStuff, LLC its primary partner for storage distribution in the automotive market, enabling them to deliver Quantum's end-to-end storage solutions for both in-vehicle and data center environments.

Quantum's StorNext-powered scale-out storage provides ingest of data into the data center when test vehicles return to the garage, thereby speeding time to result for sensor-generated in-vehicle data. Quantum in-vehicle storage is designed to fit the environmental and space requirements of autonomous vehicles. The combined solution enables AutonomouStuff to extend its offerings beyond in-vehicle solutions to include data center storage to support analysis and long-term data retention.

Active Data Management Enables Large-Scale Research
StorNext solutions combine storage with archive storage to enable data integration and management for the transition between analysis and long-term retention. With this type of active data management large-scale projects are substantially more economically viable, lowering storage costs by an order of magnitude.

Storage Designed to Scale with Autonomous Vehicle Research Requirements
Quantum has worked with AutonomouStuff and its customers to define and create a complete end-to-end research solution that includes durable in-vehicle storage for test vehicles. The resulting solution is self-protecting, self-managed data center storage where analysis and solution development takes place. It also provides autonomous vehicle developers with a way to move data from test vehicles to the data center while achieving low cost storage and delivering shared access, integrated protection and data life cycle management. Quantum's multi-tiered storage approach automatically places less active data on the most cost-effective storage media while active data resides on performing storage. This is critical for autonomous vehicle development environments that generate petabytes of data which needs to be retained for many years to meet regulations and to validate algorithms as designs evolve.

Bobby Hambrick, founder and CEO, AutonomouStuff, said: "Autonomous research generates an enormous volume of data which is vital to achieving the goal of a safe autonomous vehicle. Quantum multitier storage kits powered by StorNext offer a highly scalable and economical solution to the data dilemma researchers face."

Molly Presley, VP, global marketing, Quantum, said: "The promise of safer, more autonomous vehicles has captured the public imagination, and intelligent storage solutions are key to delivery of that promise. In partnership with AutonomouStuff, Quantum is in the vanguard of delivering storage solutions that balance performance with cost to help advance research of significant value to society."

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Atto Shipping ThunderLink 3128 Thunderbolt 3 to 12Gb SAS/SATA Adapter

Interoperability tested with popular media and entertainment applications, HDDs, SSDs and LTO-8 drives

Atto Technology, Inc. announced they are shipping the ThunderLink 3128 Thunderbolt 3 to 12Gb SAS/SATA adapter.

The latest addition to the Atto Thunderbolt provides users with fast and reliable storage connectivity while enabling scalability for next generation platforms and infrastructures. Optimized for low latency and high-bandwidth data transfers, ThunderLink 3128 offers flexibility and reliability for demanding applications.

"The anticipated Thunderbolt 3 to 12Gb SAS/SATA adapter enhances the industry's broadest portfolio of Thunderbolt adapters for storage and network connectivity," said Tom Kolniak, senior director, marketing, Atto. "What sets Atto apart is our extensive history of SAS/SATA development, creating Thunderbolt solutions and working to create products which are optimized to meet modern workflow demands."

The increased performance of Thunderbolt 3 allows users to maximize their workflow, providing flexibility in otherwise restrictive considerations like lead times, footprints, personnel costs and scheduling. ThunderLink 3128 has been certified for both Mac and Windows and supports the latest Tunderbolt 3 platforms including all-in-ones and desktop and mobile workstations.

In addition to the Thunderbolt 3 platforms, ThunderLink 3128 has been interoperability tested with popular media and entertainment applications, HDDs, SSDs and the LTO-8 tape drives.

Connecting a Thunderbolt 3 to 12Gb/s SAS/SATA adapter outfitted with LTO-8 tape drives provides a simple and affordable means to store, archive and transport large amounts of content. This combination is a cost effective way to manage media files and their increasing sizes (UHD, 4K, 3D, etc.). ThunderLink 3128 also provides a faster ROI for storage by addressing the need to grow storage capacity on the fly which has become more critical across a number of industries.

The 3128 is the latest in portfolio of the firm's ThunderLink adapters providing solutions in Thunderbolt 3 and 2 environments for FC, Ethernet and SAS/SATA connectivity. These adapters deliver creative, engineering and technical professionals a high performance and low latency Thunderbolt connectivity solution engineered for applications where optimized performance and high throughput are essential.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Imagine Products and StorageDNA Partnering

Imagine Products and StorageDNA announced a partnership resulting in a new product.

The two companies have collaborated on an integrated solution that enables random access to files on an LTO tape, essentially turning it into a HDD with dnaLTFS - an LTFS adaptation that was not available before. The results are time savings and easier access to assets in production and post-production workflows.

The joint solution is called myLTOdna. It is an integration between Imagine Products' myLTO tape-authoring application and StorageDNA's HyperTape direct access tape solution powered by dnaLTFS. The result is an intuitive user interface with which to administrate HyperTape operating modes manually, or automatically from creative applications such as Imagine Products' PrimeTranscoder - a process that is preferable to command line operations.

StorageDNA has been dedicated to M&E markets since 2004, and we strive to provide customers with workflow-enhancing solutions that make LTO tape a more usable storage medium. We chose to work with Imagine Products on our HyperTape user interface because the company is known for highly intuitive interfaces and well respected for LTO/LTFS archiving and workflows.  By joining forces with Imagine Products and integrating our capabilities, we are providing media professionals with the simplest and fastest LTO workflows available today.

myLTOdna is the Mac-based front-end interface for HyperTape. It allows users to switch modes of operation and direct HyperTape to train, write, and read to and from an LTO tape. Users can access files directly on tape without having to restore them for sequential operations such as transcoding, ingest, or QC. Instead, they can drag and drop files to or from tape at the desktop level at speeds exceeding 300MB/s. Those benefits can save facilities hundreds of hours in time and resources.

myLTOdna benefits any segment of the media and entertainment industry in which ever-increasing amounts of content regularly exceed spinning-disk storage capacities. It is especially useful for field/camera file offloads, post-production facilities receiving field/camera files, facilities wanting to manage their online storage capacity levels, and those looking to keep files long term for repurposing.

Those who use myLTOdna with PrimeTranscoder can still archive to LTO tape with standard LTFS (myLTO) and use all the functions of PrimeTranscoder: transcoding files to useable formats, stitching together clips, burning in timecode, performing color correction, and adding watermarks.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Overland-Tandberg With RDX 5TB Removable Disk Media

Overland-Tandberg announced its RDX 5TB removable disk media.

This 5TB cartridge is the highest capacity RDX media, increasing maximum per cartridge storage by 25%.
The 5TB capacity media is for usage in data-intensive environments that require the highest capacities, such as digital media and broadcast post-production workflows and archiving as well as hybrid cloud applications, while maintaining its rugged, shockproof design keeping customers' data protected even under the most extreme conditions. This 5TB RDX cartridge is compatible with all RDX QuikStor and QuikStation systems available on the market.

Friday, March 09, 2018

LTO-7 Type M Media for LTO-8 Drives

This new cartridge is called LTO-7 cartridge initialized as Type M media (LTO-7 Type M media).

 What is it? LTO-7 Type M media is manufactured and logoed as LTO Ultrium 7 media, but is labelled with a barcode ending with “M8” as the last two characters.  It is initialized at a higher density, which allows 9 TB of native capacity or up to 22.5TB compressed (2.5:1).

Media can be purchased as pre-initialized or un-initialized LTO-7 Type M media. Un-initialized LTO-7 Type M media can be initialized by applying an “M8” barcode label and writing data to the media in a tape library that supports un-initialized LTO-7 Type M media.

What does it do? LTO-7 Type M media allows an LTO-8 drive to write 9 TB of data on a brand new LTO-7 cartridge instead of the 6 TB specified by the LTO-7 format. LTO-7 Type M media will support existing LTO technology format features including data compression, encryption and partitioning enabling LTFS, but it will not be supported on WORM cartridges.

What’s the benefit to the consumer? For the same price as an LTO-7 cartridge, consumers will benefit from 50 percent more capacity by utilizing it as an LTO-7 Type M media. However, only LTO-8 drives will be capable of reading LTO-7 Type M media, if backwards compatibility is required with LTO-9 drives, then LTO-8 media should be the preferred choice.

As we continue to see an explosion in data, worldwide IT spending will increase 4.3 percent in 2018. Here, LTO-7 Type M media for LTO-8 drives can offer data storage professionals the biggest bang for their buck! We think this is great news!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

WW Enterprise Storage Market Grew 14% in 4Q17 - Reaching $13.6 billion, and more hybrid sales than all-flash subsystems

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was up 13.7% year over year to just under $13.6 billion in 4Q17, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker
Total capacity shipments were up 39.3% year over year to 89.2EB during the quarter.
Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market increased 34.3% year over year to just under $2.8 billion.
Sales of server-based storage increased 23.8% during the quarter and accounted for $4.2 billion in revenue.
External storage systems remained the largest market segment, with the $6.6 billion in sales representing an increase of 1.8% year over year.
Investments on enterprise storage systems are increasing at a very healthy pace, Infrastructure refresh, a broad market shift towards server-based storage, and rapid expansion within public cloud datacenters are combining to creating strong demand for enterprise storage systems.
4Q17 Total Enterprise Storage Systems Market Results, by Company
HPE/New H3C Group and Dell were statistically tied for the number 1 position of the total WW enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 18.9% and 18.0% of spending, respectively. IBM and NetApp finished tied for third with 5.5% and 5.4% market share, respectively. Huawei and Hitachi were tied for the number 5 position. Huawei achieved 3.8% market share and Hitachi achieved 3.3% market share. As a single group, storage systems sales by ODMs selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 20.4% of global spending during the quarter.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Backup Vs. Disaster Recovery - Yes, There's a Big Difference.

You backup your data. You're prepared to handle the next big disaster, right? Wrong. DR requires much more than backup.

Difference between backup and DR

Let me begin this discussion with a personal revelation. I don't have a DR plan for my personal data. I do back virtually all of it up, however, using cloud services. If the unexpected happens - I lose my laptop, my HDD suddenly gives up the ghost or my computer suffers a fatal coffee spill - I can use my backups to recover from the event. But recovering will take me a long time and a fair amount of effort. I'll have to remember the password to my cloud backup service. I'll have to download all my files and put them on my new computer, probably losing some of the original directory structure in the process. I'll probably also have to reconfigure some of my applications manually because some of them depend on configuration files that are not part of my backup routine. This is all fine because I'm just an individual. 

If it takes me a few days to recover from a disaster, no one's going to go insane or get sued. If I were a business, however, my current backup strategy would fall far short of providing the complete DR solution that I'd need to ensure I could recover from an unexpected event quickly enough to prevent serious damage to the business or its customers. I might also be responsible for keeping pace with compliance regulations that require me to be able to backup and restore sensitive data within a specific time frame. (Related: Planned or Unplanned, All Downtime is Bad)

Building a Complete DR Plan I mention my personal backup strategy to illustrate why backing up data is only the first step in a complete DR plan. To prepare fully for a disaster, you should not only backup data somewhere, but also do the following:

  • Ensure that all relevant data are backed up.
    You may not need to backup every bit of information on your file systems. Temporary files, for example, probably don't need to be backed up. On the other hand, it can be easy to overlook certain types of files that you would want to backup (such as configuration files in the /etc. directory on a Linux OS - which I'd backup from my personal system if I were more responsible).
  • Secure your backups.
    Backed-up data is no good if it is damaged or data quality errors are introduced into it. In addition, backups can be a fertile source of information for attackers in search of sensitive data. For both reasons, it's crucial to ensure that your backups are secured against intrusions.
  • Determine how frequently backups should be performed.
    Performing continuous real-time backups of all your data is the ideal, but it is usually not feasible. Instead, most organizations determine how frequently they should backup data by determining how much of a lag in data they can tolerate without a critical disruption to business operations.
    If you could afford to lose a day's worth of customer records (or recover those records manually in a reasonable period of time), then you can perform daily backups. If you can tolerate only an hour's worth of lost data, then do a backup every hour.
  • Include your personnel in the plan.
    Determine who will perform backups and who will be on call to restore data in the event of an emergency.
  • Have a process in place for recovering data.
    Backing data up is one thing and restoring is another. You should have a recovery plan in place for different scenarios: One in which your infrastructure remains intact but your data is lost (in which case you can recover from backups to your original infrastructure), and another for a situation where you need to stand up totally new infrastructure, then recover data to it. In both cases, your data recovery plan should include as much automation as possible so that you can get things backup and running quickly. However, you should also build in safeguards to ensure that important data is not overlooked during backups, or files corrupted.
  • Ensure the quality of backups and recovered files.
    The data you backup and recover is only useful if it is free of errors and inconsistencies.
Again, if you're an individual, you can get away with just backing up your data. But any business hoping to survive a major unexpected event that impacts its software or data needs a complete DR plan in place. Backups are only one part of that plan.